In a recent post to the tag-board on creative slips, Urquhart defends Rhesa in her position that Buffy is a decent show to watch. The post,posted on 10.16.02 and prompted by a Christianity Today article, notes that Rhesa doesn’t consider the show all that bad and thus defends her position that watching it isn’t really wrong. The article by Christianity Today takes the same position, pointing out the relevant subject matter and good writing of the show, and the overall decent moral themes presented. All that said, here are my objections.
To properly understand my objection to the position that Buffy is ok for Christians to watch a couple things must first be understood. First, that my position is taken from a distinctly Christian perspective and worldview, and thus my objections stem from wisdom and direction commanded by God for Christians to obey. Also I do not object to the fact that Buffy is a well-written show, well directed, relevant and in many cases moral in its subject matter.
My strongest objection is based on two aspects of Buffy that should bother Christians. The first is the large quantity of demonic and pagan philosophy and content in the show. Now the presence of such material in and of itself is not the issue, but how that content is portrayed and what kind of message that portrayal sends. There are several lies propagated by the show that should offend a Christian who should know the truth.
One is that real pagan deities exist and have power, albeit limited, and that those deities can sometimes be manipulated or persuaded to help the cause of good. Another is that witchcraft is not looked upon as something that is inherently evil, but a neutral thing that a person can use for either good or evil depending on the wielders motives. Both ideas are wrong.
As a Christian I know that there is no god but the true God, and that pagan deities are either the manifestations of demons or the conjurations of man. We also know that God expressly forbids witchcraft. It is a sin compared to rebellion and very dangerous. The underlying idea of both concepts is that power is neutral, and the wielder decides if it is good or bad. The truth is that power is not neutral, demonic power is evil in all cases all the time, our own power is ineffectual, and only God’s power is good and can be relied upon to save us.
My other objection is the moral example set by the characters in the show. Now remember that my objections are aimed at Christians, because if you profess Christianity then you submit yourself to be judged according to those beliefs. The sexuality of the characters in the show have not been Godly and thus the example they set and the moral philosophy they convey by their actions should be offensive to a Christian.
We all know that as people, and even Christians, we do things that we know are wrong and that we are all imperfect. Its not the fact that some Christians watch Buffy that bothers me most, its when Christians start trying to rationalize and justify something so that they don’t have to feel guilty about it that worries me. Satan is tempting us to believe a lie. That is his greatest strategy. If he can get us to believe a lie, then he can get us to do all sorts of things. It is no coincidence that Christ called himself the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Don’t believe a delusion, you will never be free of sin or experience the true joy of knowing God that way.