CBS has a new TV Series that I am excited about watching. I am not talking about Star Trek Discovery – though that too is exciting and worthy of another blog. No I am talking about Living Biblically. Chip Curry is facing a crossroad in the home, office, life in general. He decides to live most of the year by strictly Biblical standards. Through comedy, as well as personal conflict, we see Chip headed down a bold, and truly potential life changing journey.
Prior to his decision, he starts with a confession to a priest of his occasionally getting stoned. And later, he struggles with the thought of stoning a coworker who is cheating on his wife.
This work will not give you deep theological training. It has the potential of missing, or leaving silent, some lessons the Bible is trying to get across (such as why not wear clothes of mixed material). And it is filled with characters and situations that might be more adult than young family members need to address yet.
But, it does have something that gets me excited – it might get people really talking about the Bible. Not religion nor opinion – but the Bible. Can it be bad to get people to talk, and maybe even open up, a Bible? As one who has lived his life teaching and proclaiming the Bible, I find it very difficult at times to get people even into the Bible. They want quick quips, instant fixes, and 10 minute prayer answers. But maybe this show will show we live and a messy world, that opinions vary, and not all make Biblically based choices. Maybe it can also show that the Bible is relevant, worthy of studying, and truly life changing. Hopefully it will gt beyond literal legalism, which is both scary and funny, and to the true impact of sound Biblical truths. Maybe it will get people into the Word. And isn’t that a good thing?
I am not going to throw stones at this show yet. Instead, I am going to pray for its success – first to show true Biblical power, and second that Hollywood doesn’t have to be scared to share principles that so many Americans live by.
Also – I am not going to get stoned either. But maybe the John 4:20 reference might humorously connect to a doobie, but also might get people to open a Bible to see what that verse actually says. I recommend 1 John 4:20 too! Go look ’em up.
Let’s live for Him. Let’s Live Biblically.