Since its creation in 1999, the Fox TV show "Family Guy" has known no boundaries to whom it mocks---the Jewish community, victims of domestic abuse---and now baby Jesus.
In its episode last Saturday titled, "How Griffin Stole Christmas," Jesus Christ was mocked and kicked at the Nativity.
Why this compulsive obsession in the script of a program that's supposed to be about the "family?"
The Christian Herald News reminds us, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap" (Gal. 6:7).
They also say this particular episode was not an exception, rather more the rule of what this show is about.
They report, "While the Griffin family longs to go sledding, Lois tells them to get ready to go to church. Peter rudely objects, proclaiming Jesus himself loved sledding, calling it His 'second passion'---obviously cheapening the Passion of the Christ..."
"Unfortunately," the Herald says, "the mockery didn't end there. Stewie crashes a corporate Christmas party, giving management some new ideas for firing employees. Consumed with guilt, he claims he ruined Christmas like a little drummer boy--cueing a Nativity scene that goes wild, ending with baby Jesus getting kicked over."
The Herald says, "Mormon media personality Glenn Beck said those who mock are essentially re-crucifying him before the eyes of a gawking public."
There are a lot of things Beck says with which I disagree---however, he's right on this.
Earlier this month, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and his creative team portrayed Jesus Christ as a dad who swears and doesn't care about his son getting bullied.
Back in 2014, the show ran an episode showing Jesus Christ trying to lose His virginity by sleeping with another man's wife.
This is hard to read. Why do we need to know this stuff?
Millions of families watch it. I sincerely hope yours does not.
This junk is not on some obscure cable channel---it's on your local Fox TV station.
Beyond that, Christians and conservatives must be informed for the sake of their own families, and the sake of others who just think their kids are watching a "little cartoon" about "family."
The show originally debuted to 22 million viewers. It has gone down hill ever since in ratings, however, it continues.
The industry reported at the end of the 2015 season-- "The ratings keep coming down but will the Fox series continue...or will it be canceled---or will it be moved to a cable channel?"
TV by the Numbers recently reported that it has indeed been renewed for the 2016-2017 season.
The future of “Family Guy” at FOX may never have really been in doubt, but the network never formally announced its return for 2016-17.
Or rather, it did, but it was buried in an announcement about another project from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. But for the record, “Family Guy” is indeed returning for 2016-17.
On May 4, the network announced that MacFarlane would create and star in his first live-action series for FOX, a sci-fi show that blends comedy and drama. It’s being developed for the 2017-18 season. Five paragraphs into the press release, these sentences appear (emphasis added):
“Seth MacFarlane is familiar to FOX audiences as the creator, executive producer and voice actor on the long-running and Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series ‘Family Guy,’ currently in its 13th season. The series has been renewed through the 2016-2017 television season.”
Why the obsession with mocking Christ and Christians?
MacFarlane, its creator, is a staunch atheist and has a history of ridiculing those who believe in Jesus Christ.
He says "I do not believe in God. I'm an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st Century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, 'the invisible man living in the sky'."
This is a tough time of year for atheists. Their anxiety runs high, while their spirits are low.
Reacting to the emptiness in their personal lives, they oppose God, the Christ, the Gospel and anything that represents the Christian faith---including kicking a plastic manger with a plastic baby Jesus.
There is a better way.
The story of Christmas includes MacFarlane's "Man in the sky" notion.
As God became flesh and dwelt among us, He was no longer "invisible."
He revealed Himself to shepherds and to Kings, and to us common folks who live in the 21st Century.
Be sure to not watch his TV show, and don't let your kids or grandkids watch it either.
But remember to ask God to make Himself visible to MacFarlane---very visible.
Be Joyful. Be Informed. Be Blessed.