Thursday, December 19, 2013

Duck Dynasty and a New Television Network

The time has come for the establishment of a values based television network that promotes shows like Duck Dynasty and prohibits showmen that preach prosperity. My esteem for Charisma Magazine went through the roof last week when I read an opinion piece from Lee Grady entitled It's Time to Reboot Christian Television. Mr. Grady proposed that this "rebooting" means Christian television would be "supported through advertising, not donations." Amen.

The Internet and Twitter are on fire over Phil Robertson's removal from Duck Dynasty. The arguments are typical. We Christians are furious over A&E's removal of the 67-year-old star from the show for saying that homosexuality is "a sin." That the secular media and A&E called Phil Robertson's comment  "explosive" says more about the truncated and short-sighted historical knowledge of the secular media than it does Phil Robertson. Until a few years ago, homosexual behavior was illegal in America. Just because the government decriminalizes homosexual behavior doesn't mean homosexuality isn't a sin anymore. The government is not God nor vice-versa.

Yet, on the other hand, I would argue that A&E has every right to remove Phil Robertson from its hit television show. We Americans believe in free speech and free markets. Don't forget the latter. A&E is a for profit television network and has the right to operate freely according to their views of market profitability. That means just as we fight to secure free speech in America, we ought to fight for the right for A&E to do anything they want with their own shows. They must make a profit. Let them do what they believe is best.

Many will stop watching A&E. Many will stop supporting A&E shows. Many will write A&E letters. We should. That's how the free market works. Tell A&E you are upset. Make your voice known--but don't be surprised or angry if they respond like this: "We do not share your values, we do not believe it is appropriate to call homosexuality a sin, and we are the ones who make the decisions to ensure our network's profitability." Don't ever stop fighting for their right to tell you something different than you want to hear. That's market freedom and capitalism. It may be companies make stupid decisions, but in America companies should be free to be do so -- and remember, for profit companies only measure stupidity in terms of money, not morality.

Prove to A&E they are stupid in terms of their profitability.  It's time for people with moral values to do something. Start a television network that promotes excellence in broadcasting. Ban preachers from preaching "the prosperity gospel" which is a stain on Christianity because it demeans the gospel and reduces it to a scam. Prohibit anyone from even introducing the idea of a God-forsaken fund-raising telethon that equates what the television network is doing to the Kingdom of God. In my opinion, those filthy telethons take God's name in vain. His Kingdom is no more like Duck Dynasty than it is Project Runway. Don't mix the two. God's reign is within us, and it is high time gifted and talented Christians start a for profit network and charge advertising for fun shows like Duck Dynasty, family value-oriented sitcoms that are more geared to wholesome entertainment than crudeness, and variety shows that are both fun and relevant.  In other words, be the CBS, ABC, and NBC of the 1950's in terms of values, but be 2014 in terms of technology and methodology. Use Twitter, Facebook, marketing, creativity, and top-of-the-line professionalism to create something new and nascent instead of condemning something current and cultural.

FOX news did it when CNN began to broadcast from a world view and moral philosophy that represented a departure from historic American values. It's time for business men and women, writers and producers, and those in the broadcasting industry who have cherished historic Judeo-Christian moral values to step up to the plate and create.


Jeff Adams said...

If the Muslim Al Jazeera network can do it and be on cable, then Christians can too. And should! Amen Bro. Wade!

Anonymous said...

Well said.

Unknown said...

We are "exchanging the truth for a lie". We are right on course.

Anonymous said...

Lets do it.

Anonymous said...

While we are at it, let's not stop at A and E. Let's put our money where our mouth is and stop watching any channel that muzzles or defames Christians.

I'm not calling for some organized boycott. I'm calling for each Christian to simply stop watching and stop buying products from sources that attempt to muzzle Christians.

This protects the free speech rights of all groups. After all, if this man can be fired for quoting the Bible and stating his opinion, then it is perfectly legal to fire another tv star for supporting gay rights. What if a star supports racial equality and the channel doesn't want him saying that?

The way to stop over the top political correctness is to stop supporting trash, and, as Bro Wade says, support some clean media.


Christiane said...

I think A&E will probably re-instate their money-maker after the brou-ha-ha has blown over a bit.

Never watched the Duck people myself, but I hear it's a good show.
This 'attention' makes me want to check the show out on television,
which is why I suspect all motives of any people engaged in money-making who create publicity that goes viral. Am I being cynical?

Anonymous said...

It would take a ton of money to start such a project! Maybe the Green's of Hobby Lobby could be persuaded. Do you happen to know them?

Kristen said...
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Anonymous said...

I am wondering what you think of this conversation:

Have you ever given mistranslation a thought regarding homosexuality as a sin?

Christiane said...

from another faith perspective:

The problem is there that in our earthly life, there will ALWAYS be another Phil and A&E situation, and another, and another . . .

the truth is that if Christians become an increasingly angry and offended people, it does not bode well for their corporate witness

We can’t trust in THIS world to keep from disappointing us, no;

Christians have found another Source of peace that lies beyond the reach of this world to destroy . . . if we seek to dwell in the peace of Christ, we are not then so sharply confounded by the troubles in this world

“My soul,
wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him” (Psalms 62:5)

Sometimes it is good to remember that what offends us so terribly is a result of The Fall and the subsequent curse,

but in the end, it’s not about the power of the curse,
it’s about the power we give the curse . . .

as a Christian people, we are not to dwell on the darkness, but instead we are to point to the light because the curse loses its power over us when we live ‘in Christ’

In Christ, we may dwell at peace even in the midst of the world’s troubles. This was a promise from Our Lord Himself and we may trust in Him with whole hearts.

Aussie John said...


IMHO Christiane is right on target!

Christiane said...

Perhaps on this night which is 'like no other night', a quote from Tolkien may have special meaning for some who are fearful:

“Far above the mountains in the west, the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hoped returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

May the glory that surrounded the Christ Child 'when the night was half-spent' be remembered for all time because our Christian hope is most securely anchored where no evil is.