Just A Word...

            With its new series, “Resurrection,” the ABC television network has thrown another bone in the direction of religious people in this country, hoping that the gullible and uninformed among them will gobble it up as “wholesome and spiritual.”  Given the popularity of several recent biblically themed movies, and the potential financially rewarding market of spiritually starved people I suppose we should have expected this.

            The premise of the series is that people who were long known to be dead start reappearing, un-aged, at what are sometimes inconvenient or embarrassing moments for their families and friends. Produced by the now almost completely compromised Disney Studios, and filmed in Covington, Georgia, the series is referred to as a “supernatural, religious-themed drama.” I DVR’d one episode, watched part of it, then dismissed it as drivel, with little or no genuine religious message, except that, oh yes, one character in the show is a “minister.”  The characters are more like the “zombies” of modern pop-culture.  Some of them continue the sinful or devious behavior of their “former lives.”  Some have intentional biblical names like “Jacob”, or have a glow-like “halo” around their heads, but they are nothing like the glorious  recreated persons Christians will be when the real resurrection occurs.

            This program seems to be like a combination of the “X-Files” and “Touched By An Angel.”  It is an effort to believe in something beyond this life without really believing.  It is a rather shameless attempt to reel in a religious or semi religious audience and their cash without being too religiously traditional.  It is an attempt to make us think that television producers sincerely care about “family values” without their being too politically incorrect.  It is an attempt to appeal to our fascination with and even dread of the idea of being “undead” without basing any of it on the real thing that actually happened 2,000 years ago.  Does anyone really think these people would ever send the message that the New Testament idea of eternal life is valid?

            Television producers are not the evangelists of this world; we who know Jesus Christ are.  As we approach Easter Sunday, April 20, this program should cause us to focus on the factual and actual resurrection of Jesus Christ that grounds our faith and guarantees us our own resurrection and everlasting life.

            I am not a spoilsport.  Truly I am not.  This program is certainly better than much of the fare we have been given lately.  But I do not advise that parents watch it with their small children.  Potentially it offers not just the opportunity for discussion, but the opportunity of distorted ideas of new age teaching to be planted in impressionable young minds.  Try reading them John 20 instead.  In one episode of the program a boy reappears on his “elderly” parent’s porch after being dead for 32 years.  But when his coffin is exhumed the body is still in it.  Go to Jerusalem to the tomb of Jesus and his body will not be there!  Nor will yours be when he raises you at his second coming.  Focus on the message of the real “Resurrection.”  This program is more like a murder mystery.  The real story is better than any reality series!

Stewart B. Simms, Jr.