Fox’s ‘GLEE’ Sending Skewed Message of Teen Sex and Christian Beliefs

Chord Overstreet and Samuel Larsen in 'Glee'

Joe Hart (Samuel Larsen, left) and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) talk about temptation and how to handle it on Fox’s GLEE. (Image Credit Hulu, Fox Broadcasting Company)

LIMA, Oh. HOLLYWOOD — The Fox hit show ‘Glee’, now in it’s third season, has been owning the advertiser-coveted demographic of 18-49 year-old people for a while now. In Lehman’s terms… A lot of people watch the show.

Last week, the show tapped into the dwindling outpouring of remembrance for Whitney Houston in one of their tribute shows, performing only songs the late R&B singer belted out. This episode garnered an audience of 6.9 million viewers, according to TheWrap.com. As a former high-school theater geek, I’ve been a fan of the show since it started back in 2009, but in the past year, I feel the show is going down a lonely dead end road.

But what happened last week has been the final straw for myself, and I feel it’s high time that somebody fills parents and Christian leaders into the information this show is spreading on Christian beliefs, and likely influencing our Christian youth.

I will be the first person to tell you that it’s a parent’s responsibility to raise their child in a way that stuff like this in a show would not influence them, but rather empower them to speak out against the falsities.  As a parent myself now (granted he’s only four months old), I find that it falls on my plate to spread the word.

About half way through the episode (Click here to watch Glee: Season 3, Episode 17 ‘Dance With Somebody’ online via Hulu.com, and drag the bar to about 19:30), we come to a conversation between the characters of Sam Evans (played by Chord Overstreet) and Joe Hart (played by Samuel Larsen) who is also referred to on the show as ‘Barefoot Jesus’ due, obviously, to his purported beliefs and his lack of wearing shoes sometimes. Hart, the “teen” with the dreadlocks, approaches Evans to talk about a struggle he’s having with lust and feelings he’s having for Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron).

What is said in this scene made my wife and I do a double take, and actually go back and hear it again to make sure we didn’t mishear it. Here’s the transcript:

Joe: When I was with Quinn at her rehab I was having… Feelings…!

Sam: You mean like in your pants feelings.

Joe: I’ve been home schooled all my life, it was a lot easier to resist temptation when there were no girls around.

Sam: Yeah, I gave up on that [resisting temptation]… I had sex last year, I mean, I was working at a strip club, so…

Joe: But it’s a sin, we’re supposed to wait until we’re married…

Sam: [Interrupts him] We’re not supposed to get tattoos [refers to Joe’s tattoo on his wrist]… Leviticus. Look, when the Bible was written, things were easier… There was no internet, chicks didn’t wear short skirts or anything. I’m a good Christian, but there’s just no way a dude’s gonna be able to resist. I say, let’s be a new kind of Christian, one that prays and does right by people, but understands that some o those rules are kind of old school.

Joe: Sex rule makes sense… It’s about respecting your body, putting the spiritual over physical so u can feel closer to God.

Sam: [Giving up] Okay… All I know is Quinn is a great girl, but you’re gonna have to decide if you wanna get closer to God or closer to her.

The statement made by Sam in the clip about becoming “a new kind of Christian” is absurd, and the producers of Glee should be ashamed. First, Levitical law applies to a few religions, one of which is not Christianity. The Christian faith is based in New Testament doctrine, the teachings of Jesus and the “new covenant” provided by Christ through his death, burial and resurrection. Levitical law was a definite base for Jesus’ teachings, as it was the religious law at the time. It’s true, the Bible was written in a time with no internet, and “chicks didn’t wear short skirts” (though there were still prostitutes and adulterers), but that doesn’t mean it’s teachings are null and void to us today.

Bottom line, it’s good that these issues are being addressed, but when is someone out there going to stand up and say “STOP HAVING PREMARITAL SEX”!? Sure, as American’s, we have the freedom to partake in any activity we chose, so long as it is within the confines of the law. But issues with teen pregnancy, abortion, STD’s (or whatever they’re called these days) and other things related to sex out of wedlock can be simply addressed by abstinence. It’s not impossible, all it takes is a little self-control, prayer and support from those around you.

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Derek Drake

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