Admittedly, some pastors are phony and some prophets are false. But a new TV Land show Impastor crosses the line into anti-Christian bigotry.
Here's the premise: Buddy Dobbs, a slacker on the run from a loan shark, steals a man's identity and ends up posing as a small town's new gay pastor. TV Land is promoting the show as an "irreverend" new comedy set to air on July 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
One Million Moms explains how the main character, posing as a gay preacher—recently hired sight unseen by a church that was aware of his lifestyle choice—begins to manifest other traits that are atypical of your local church pastor.
Video trailers of Impastor show the "pastor" explaining how he knows so much about drugs (mission trip to Jamaica) and offering sexual innuendos. The church secretary even snags him fornicating.
"This show not only depicts pastors in a negative light, but the entire program will also be based on lies about Christianity. TV Land has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes," One Million Moms argued in a statement.
One Million Moms wants Christians to send a loud and clear message to TV Land, its owner Viacom, and all potential advertisers that this kind of programming is insulting and completely unacceptable.
"TV Land is not ridiculing any other religion currently and wouldn't dream of mocking Muhammed or Muslims," One Million Moms said. "If we speak with one voice now, we can keep this program from ever seeing the light of day."
I agree with One Million Moms. Christians need to stand up and speak out. TV Land and other networks can't be allowed to mock Christianity—and even Christ Himself. People can't even draw cartoons of Mohammad without fearing for their life, but Jesus and Christians who turn the other cheek are open game.
I believe we should turn the other cheek and pray for our enemies, but that doesn't mean we should lie down and allow Christianity to be mocked without correcting the misconceptions. There's a difference.
"Christians should no longer sit idly by and allow this blasphemy to continue without speaking up in protest," One Million Moms said. "Impastor is another attempt to distort the truth about Christianity. There is power in numbers! Forward this to everyone you know in a fight to keep this show off the air."
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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