Modern Family

pic_drawer_jpsf8i“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: and they called unto Lot, and said unto him, ‘Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out to us, that we may know them’” (Genesis 19:4-5).

Sodom and Gomorrah had many problems but the main one they are known for is their blatant homosexuality throughout the city. In this particular instance above, they are surrounding Lot’s house to beg for the men that were coming to warn Lot of impending destruction. Homosexuality had gotten to a point of no return in that city. How did it get there?  Do you think it became that way overnight? I’m sure all the men in the city did not just randomly decide they wanted the men in some house one night. I’m sure that, like any movement, it slowly, subtly, and gently it crept its way into society.

Modern Family is a popular show on ABC that appears on primetime television weekly. For those of you who don’t know, this show is a big deal because it was one of the first to show a gay married couple who have also adopted a child. The point of this sitcom is to convey more current, trendy families and the progressive views of a typical American family. Another thing it is doing is slowly, subtly, and gently creeping acceptance of homosexuality into American homes.

My friend told me that she recently watched this show in her college minister’s home because he said how funny it was.  It’s meant to be a show that the whole family could watch because it has relatively clean language.  The question arises, when do we make it stop? When do we choose to watch a show because it is “funny and family friendly” when it is normalizing homosexuality? But, you protest, they’re not surrounding the house and asking for the men inside like in Sodom and Gomorrah. They’re just a side show in the whole sitcom. They just have some funny jokes and it’s a good laugh, but no harm – I just watch it because it’s funny.  “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. . . Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:28, 32).

The question to ask yourself first is, are you a member of the typical American family? I hope the answer is no. I hope you vehemently shake your head because the “modern family” is not your family. The modern family doesn’t attend church but yours does. Your family prays before meals and the modern American family does not. I hope your family is not accepting of homosexuality even though this show is telling us the modern American family is. Is it ever okay to let sin into our homes via our television in the name of entertainment?

I’m not here to espouse my views on the controversial issue of homosexuality. I’m here to espouse God’s views on homosexuality. God doesn’t watch homosexuality and think it’s funny and that these jokes make Him laugh; God doesn’t do that at all. Only a fool does that. “Fools make a mock of sin: but among the righteous there is favour” (Proverbs 14:9).

What should our response be to this show? For one, don’t watch it. If only a fool makes a mockery of sin, and homosexuality is a sin, what does our participation make us? Our other response should be for when people ask if we watch it and we respond that we don’t, to be able to defend why we don’t allow this sitcom in our homes and our minds. Finally, we must remember God’s response to the sin of homosexuality.  “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven” (Genesis 19:24).

Overall, this won’t be the most popular choice but it’s one we must make. As Matthew writes in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Let us always seek to show God’s love to every person we come across in life, but never compromise the truth of God’s Word or our own purity of heart for the sake of entertainment.

Holly Beth Pannell
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Holly Pannell is a Management Information Systems major at the University of Oklahoma. She attends church at the Penn South Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, OK. She works at the University of Oklahoma in the admissions office and likes being in the middle of the action at her college. She is the oldest of three—all girl—and live in Norman, OK. She enjoys dinner with friends, Sooner football, John Green books, following politics, late night bowls of cereal, and The Office reruns.

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