Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Blue Bloods Has People of Faith Seeing Red

with 5 comments

Like many Christians, I have looked forward to each new episode of the Blue Bloods television show.  It is in its 5th season and attracts more viewers than any other primetime drama on Friday night.

It follows the Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department. Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck, is the police commissioner.  The show has been refreshing in that the Reagan family’s Catholic faith has been front and center in every episode, with no apologies.

Though each family member is presented as flawed, as we all are, they all try to do the right thing.  When they stray, they get back on track as they live out their faith — until recently.

Last week’s episode was a big disappointment, not just to members of the Catholic Church but to all Christians who are faithful fans.

In this episode, an off-duty detective intervened to stop an attack on a young man outside a gay bar.  At a press conference, reporters quizzed the commissioner about the rumor that the heroic cop was a closeted homosexual.

Reporter: The Catholic Church condemns homosexuality as a sin and the Commissioner is famously Catholic. How do you line up your anti-gay faith with your role as an equal-opportunity employer?

Reagan: What my men and women do in private is their own business.  

So far, so good.

Reporter: So you only condemn homosexuality on a Sunday?

Reagan: Well, I do believe that the Church is a little behind the times on this, but then I still miss the Latin Mass.  

No one has to become a Christian.  In this country people are free to live as they please and should be protected from harm.  Christians are called to love and show compassion to all people.  There was no conflict for Frank Reagan here, but the writers created one in such a way that was offensive to people of faith.

Our human nature causes all of us to have immoral thoughts, but it is the dwelling on them or acting on them that is the sin.  In this episode, Frank Reagan showed himself to be like so many who want to design their own God.

God is not interested in our keeping up with the times or doing what society deems socially acceptable.

There are those who seek to explain away the biblical pronouncements against homosexuality by bringing up old testament ritual law or passages that clearly deal with local customs, such as women covering their heads.  However, the prohibitions on homosexual activity are consistent in the old and new testaments.  Their arguments simply don’t hold up.

Christ’s death did away with the need for the ritual law in the old testament.  However, there is a big difference between moral law and ritual law.  There is no ambiguity on the moral law anywhere in scripture.

In fact, in Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus said, “Do not think that I can to abolish the law or the prophets: I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law until all is accomplished.”

Blue Bloods ran off the rails last year when Jamie Reagan hopped in bed with a casual girlfriend from out of town. Now, the divorced Erin Reagan is also involved in a casual sexual relationship.  Hebrews 13:4 has this warning: “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

There was no remorse from either Reagan character over this.  No indication that they knew they did something wrong.  When Jesus saved the woman who was caught in adultery, he didn’t say, “Keep doing what you are doing.”  He said, “Go and sin no more.”

It is one thing to see characters hopping into bed on other shows.  It is a sad reflection of the times.  However it is quite another to present members of a Christian family trying to live out their faith doing this with no remorse.

The producers and writers should seek guidance from a group like the Christian Film and Television Commission before they finalize a script, not someone in their midst who is simply playing church.

People of faith need to call and write the CBS television network ( http://www.cbs.com/feedback/) and the program’s producers Paw In Your Face Productions (150 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, New York 11021, 516-466-3388) to let them know that this is unacceptable.  If this continues, Christians should scratch this show from their viewing list.

 

Written by Jane Chastain

October 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

5 Responses to 'Blue Bloods Has People of Faith Seeing Red'

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'Blue Bloods Has People of Faith Seeing Red'.

  1. It is almost impossible to watch a television drama or sitcom without having the radical pervert agenda forced upon us. It is almost impossible to watch a nature or wildlife documentary without hearing about the imaginary menace of “global warming.” The “gay lifestyle” leads to alcoholism, drug abuse, criminal behavior, and early death from AIDS and other STDs. Satellite measurements (by far the most accurate way to measure the Earth’s temperature) have shown no warming in over 17 years, and Antarctic ice is actually increasing.
    But no matter. The elites have an agenda and will continue to force it upon us as long as we put up with it.

    William B Stoecker

    16 Oct 14 at 10:02 am

  2. Too many people have a misconception of who/what God is. Until they find and know the real, one and only God, eternity’s “I AM’, and not some imagined phantom man out in space some place, our nation will continue its increasingly perverted ways to inevitable destruction. The blindness (lacking perception and discernment) of people is disturbing, disgusting, appalling, and exasperating all at the same time! Upon knowing the real God, they must then follow His wisdom contained in Christian scripture (the Holy Bible), repent and redirect their ways. Oh, that I were a modern day Jonah and could go to the modern day Nineveh, preach the one and only true, real God and be God’s tool for the results recorded in Jonah 3:10 “[God saw]…how they turned from their evil ways…and did not bring…destruction…” (NIV) P.S. With God’s help I’m working on it. 🙂

    Warren Rosenbaum

    16 Oct 14 at 5:51 pm

  3. I appreciate your comments, Jane.

    I also wrote on this episode:

    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tom-nash/blue-bloods-runs-cold-on-churchs-treatment-of-homosexuals

    It is good to see Christians standing together in this matter and on other cultural issues of importance.

    Re: the other issue of heterosexual misbehavior, it’d be one thing if they ALSO included the fallout that inevitably comes with such (and ultimately hopefully the repentance). But such has not been the case thus far in “Blue Bloods” in the two examples you gave, although we have seen the fallout from Erin’s divorce in different ways.

    Our Lord Jesus Christ has the truth that sets us free, here on earth and forever in heaven (Jn. 8:31-32). That truth must be shared in a charitable, faithful manner. True charity (love) necessarily entails sharing the truth.

    Tom Nash

    17 Oct 14 at 2:15 pm

  4. It’s hard for you when police dramas don’t follow your rules for Christianity, I guess. You can certainly email the secular network. I doubt it will care much, though, about your disappointment that its characters on entertainment-based shows don’t interpret religion exactly like you do.

    Until CBS bills itself as “The Christian network on which all characters in all shows, as boring as they are, do the Christian thing as Jane sees it,” I’d stick to the 700 Club.

    Mike

    21 Oct 14 at 12:25 pm

  5. Jane it’s interesting that while you seem to like the realism of the show “…each family member is presented as flawed, as we all are, [and] they all try to do the right thing.” you’re bothered by the notions of Christians with doubts about how their church handles cultural issues, or those who have sex outside of marriage. Yet this is real life, as Pope Francis tried to emphasize in the recent synod. If you don’t like it, find something else to watch, that’s your choice. Banding together to get some family show off the air because it’s not showing your family values? That’s so 80s…

    Thomas Reason

    24 Oct 14 at 1:20 pm

Leave a Reply


Psst... My son flys remote controlled helicopters for Cloudgate Aerial Cinematography in Colorado. Check 'em out!