Friday, August 4, 2017

Golden Girls go Sonny & Cher: A story of sanctification

I'm 56 years old so I came up in the 1980s. I was not saved then. The Golden Girls was a television show that ran for 7 highly successful seasons before one of the stars, Bea Arthur, decided to leave. The other three stars were Betty White, Estelle Getty, and Rue McLanahan. Arthur, Getty, and McLanahan have all passed on. Betty White at age 95 is still going strong.

The show's premise was a co-living, roommate situation where widow McLanahan had advertised for two roommates to help offset costs of living in her large Miami home. Bea Arthur's character moved her 80-year-old mother character (Getty) into the house during the first episode.

Even though the show was about four older (or elderly) women (three widows, one divorcee) it was well-written and hilarious. Others thought so too:
The Golden Girls received critical acclaim throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Each of the four stars received an Emmy Award (from multiple nominations during the series' run), making it one of only three sitcoms in the award's history to achieve this. The series also ranked among the top-10 highest-rated programs for six of its seven seasons.
Being an Educator, I'm at home in the summer when school is out. During my down time, I watched a lot of the Golden Girl episodes. I also watched documentaries about the show, like how it originated, the biographies of the actresses, and the writer's process

The show is funny, witty, and intelligent. It is also evil, gross, and of the world.

In one of the documentaries, Bea Arthur was talking about how they wrote the show to address social or moral issues that the writer, producer, and actors wanted to use to present their point of view. Do not ever think that television and other media are neutral. They are of the world, and they most certainly present satan's point of view.

The show addressed HIV-AIDS, ("it's NOT a judgment on bad people or sexual activity!" cross dressing (it's OK), homosexuality (It's OK), sexual promiscuity (it's OK), same sex marriage (normal!), assisted suicide (duh, OK!) and so on. In one interview Bea Arthur proclaimed about how the show advanced understanding on these social issues for the betterment of society.

No. It didn't. It advanced satan's agenda to normalize sin, or at least de-sensitize us to it. Anyway none of this is anything new, except for the perspective. Oftentimes as I review my day, plead to Jesus to accept my confessions of sin, beg the Holy Spirit to grow me so I sin less against Him tomorrow than I did today, and then nearly despair because I cant see any progress in myself, I look back. Way back.

I distinctly remember enjoying the TV show and agreeing with all its premises. I thought it was the height of wit and worldliness- worldly in a good way. I'm saved now. After re-looking at the show these many years later, I've grown enough to be absolutely disgusted with it. After viewing  some episodes, I stopped watching.

Only God can clean a soul to the degree where we not only can see the sin we used to love for what it is, but be repelled by it. Over time, you should see progress. The trajectory might be bumpy, or it might be smooth and steady, but either way, your sanctification will grow- up.

Sanctification means to be set apart for holy things. If you are saved, you are being sanctified, meaning, you are growing in holiness. We cannot sanctify our own self because there is no part of ourself where we are not touched by our sin. Our entire nature is drenched in sin. Therefore the Persons of the Trinity sanctify us. When we confess Jesus is Lord and ask for forgiveness of our sins He installs the Holy Spirit in us as a guarantee, and off we grow. (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 6:11). Our part is to actively obey in trust.

The world loved and still loves the Golden Girls. I loved it but then again I was part of the world. Thank You Lord for taking me out of the world.

PS: Even though the show overall promotes things of satan and is crass...this one skit had me doubled over laughing. If you remember the singing duo Sonny & Cher, the formerly married couple had a variety show in the 1970s in addition to a singing carer that spawned many top charted hits. Cher had some tics and quirks in performing that here, Bea Arthur reproduced spot on, even her walk. It's hilarious. The studio audience goes so crazy because Arthur really nailed it.

Below the GG skit parodying Sonny & Cher is the real Sonny & Cher. After retiring from show business, Sonny was elected mayor of Palm Springs California. Cher was known for her skimpy (and I mean skimpy!) costumes and belly button baring outfits on her show. Six years ago I wrote about the unfortunate decisions Cher's daughter Chastity was making in becoming transgendered. Sin, sin being of the world, the world loves its own,...and the beat goes on.







4 comments:

  1. Elisabeth, I can relate to much 9f what you've shared here. The Lord graciously saved me out of the world in 1993. Before that I led a very worldly life. My family and I used to watch all these worldly sitcoms. Our favorite one was Roseanne, with all the same ungodly language and themes as Golden Girls. After the Lord saved me I started reading the Bible in the evenings instead of watching TV. After several weeks or months I decided one night to sit with my family and watch TV like we used to do together. But I could not believe my eyes and ears! When did this show get so raunchy I wondered. I never remembered the language being bad, Roseanne's kids so disrespectful, etc. Slowly it dawned on me that the show hadn't changed, but I had. The Lord had opened my eyes to the sin in my own heart and my desperate need for a Savior to reconcile me to God. My conscience had become tender from reading the Bible. Now I hated what I once loved and loved what I once hated. I had a new heart! Praise the Lord for rescuing us from sin and granting us new life in Christ.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Thank you for your testimony. The Lord is gracious to save and thank goodness He does not leave us there, but grows us so we can be aware of the sin in the world and in our hearts. I used to enjoy Roseanne too, and warily watched a few clips this summer when I heard the entire cast was returning for a reboot of the show, but like you, I was surprised-not surprised at the level of ghastliness. World=ghastly, Jesus=Holy. Onward and upward.

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  2. I'm really cautious about what I watch these days. It's depressing to see sin on TV and spiritually damaging to try to justify watching it by minimizing it. Plus, I find more happiness reading about good things and Bible based blogs, like this one. :-)

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm finding that my eyes grow tired easily after a 8 or 11 hour day and I turn to Youtube to find some innocuous things, like playful kittens or kids escaping cribs. But even the kids ones, remind me of how depraved we are. Jesus surely was a tremendous Man to liv eon this earth for 33 years and never sin. But you're right, anything but today's TV

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