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    Does “GCB” Mock Christianity?

    Are you familiar with the ABC show GCB? The show originally was called Good Christian B—–s, the title of the book by Kim Gatlin on which the show is based.

    Although it’s not a show intended for young girls, I wanted to write about it because its storyline includes a group of so-called Christians. And the show’s content has caused a huge stir.

    Briefly, the show relays the lives of a group of superficial women. Take a look at the following clip.

    The controversy is an obvious one. Many Christians have complained about this show, saying it mocks their faith. Here we have a group of “Christian” women who are not behaving like Christians. And their actions are supposed to be funny. They use and spin scripture to forward their own agendas.

    In contrast, there are those supporters of the show who say it’s just satirical, and that Christians need to not take things so seriously.

    But are these women really Christians? I don’t believe that a person is a true Christian simply because she goes to church and regurgitates Bible verses. A real Christian is a person who strives to live her life according to the Gospel. Therefore, a real Christian would not be a b—h. She would be kind and compassionate. She would not gossip and she certainly would not dress as immodestly as some of these women do.

    Does GCB mock Christians? I don’t think so, because the women in this show are not real Christians. Mocking Christianity would be introducing a character who is a real Christian and then placing her in scenarios that belittle or ridicule her beliefs.

    I do think this show depicts Christians in a negative light. They may not be real Christians, but they are “supposed” to be Christians. And people who don’t know or understand Christianity may assume these women are just bad Christians. Or worse, that they are behaving the way real Christians behave. In short, I believe that GCB misrepresents Christians and ultimately diminishes the faith, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

    The bigger concern is that there aren’t enough shows depicting real Christians who have integrity and a deep desire to glorify God in word and deed. We used to have the show 7th Heaven, and there also was Touched by an Angel, but such shows are few and far between. More often than not, we are offered shows about pseudo-Christians, leading many to believe that Christians are all hypocrites. It’s a shame.

    Have you watched GCB? Do you think it mocks Christianity or depicts Christians in a negative light?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    33 COMMENTS

    1. I haven’t watched it but I definetly agree (after watching that clip) that they are putting christians in a really bad light. there are so many shows like that, so we as christians need to stand up and show people what we are really like.

    2. The only “christian” show I know of is 19 kids and counting, and that’s a reality show. (I do love it though 😉 I still watch the older shows like Touched by an Angel, The Waltons etc. when they’re on tv. But it’s not good that we aren’t making tv shows about (true)Christians anymore.

    3. I think it plays into the stereotype that non-christians place on christians. They look at the extremist christians who use God as a tool to hurt others(both physically and emotionally) and boast that all christians must be like this. Those people are called hypocrites in that they tell others how to live but choose not to live that way themselves. I know the best thing that I can do is to live the way God intended me to live and pray that those who surround me will follow my example. I am by no means perfect though, as I did not always strive to live by God’s word but I will keep trying everyday until the day I go up to be with the good Lord.

      • I agree. If we disagree with an atheist, we are “rude” “hypocritical” “judgemental” and “unChristian-like” but if an atheist acts that way toward us, WE’re in the wrong if we get mad at them. I don’t think anyone realizes how unfairly we really are treated

      • Yes, but the reason they’d be up in arms is because everyone is scared that the terrorist Muslims would start bombing us for it. (Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but admit it, most terrorists ARE Muslim, often victimizing their own people) Everyone knows that Christians won’t bomb anyone because if they’re Christian enough to care about the show, they’re Christian enough not to go doing stuff like that. They still know that we’re, for the most part, “wise as serpents and gentle as doves”, and that makes us an easy target for stupid jokes like this one.

    4. My mom and I were appalled as we watched the trailer. There was even a cheerleader who did a jump for cheerleading in front of the football players, and her shirt ripped off!(she had one of those belly shirts on that’s SUPPOSSED to be a cheerleading outfit :P)
      It made me really mad that it would mock my faith. We’re suppossed to be acting like Jesus. Not acting like the b-word. 1st Corinthians 13. They should read it.
      And Kristen Chenoweth who’s on the show claims to be a Christian! What Christian would make a show about mocking her faith?
      All in all, I dont think it will be on too long because of the protests and angry viewers.

    5. This definitely mocks Christians. The show is very obviously trying to depict Southern Christinan women as being like the women in the show. And since all the so-called “Christian” women in the show are like that, it is obviously targeting Christian women for ridicule.

    6. This show does not mock Christians. But however it doesn’t exactly promote Christianity. I would watch a couple episodes just to see what it’s like. Who knows? It might be a good show to watch with just my mom and me for one episode to see if this show is appropriate for us to watch.

      There’s also “The b— in apartment 23” which is another show that has me raising my eyebrow. This is going to sound very graphic, but this is just my understanding of the show. It’s basically about this roommate who sleeps with this guy in their room and the roommate hates her roomate for doing that. Me and mom both agreed how stupid that show is because of it’s gross sexual content.

    7. GCB makes me so sad…it stereotypes Christians and offends us to be funny. Do you see any shows called ‘Good Jewish B—s’ or anything like that? No. They don’t want to offend any other religion but don’t care how Christians feel.

    8. I think it plays the whole ‘southern bible’ sterotype more than mockery of God- it’s insulting and rude, but not aimed at God directly. I was disappointed to see Kristin Chenoweth on this show though, she’s a self-professed Christian pro-lifer.

    9. My mom and sister watch that show, I watched it last night for the first time, and I thought it was horrible! For one thing, the title of the show has a cuss word in it. Another thing that bothered me was how one of the characters had sex with her boyfriend, after she had said she wanted to wait. If the fans of GCB actually think that’s how Christians behave, then they are so wrong!!!

    10. I dont watch GCB.My mom use to but my dad got on her about that.Now the b in apartment 23 is so funny! Yes she layed with her roomates soon to be husband,it was wrong.But her soon to be husband was cheating on her! But she didnt belive it.So to prove it her roomate layed with her soon to be husband to get it through her head and she wouldnt make the wrong choice.Now that I type that out….it sounds pretty pointless.Really pointless.She could’ve done something else,that’s christ-like and non sinnish but in the media,its not “allowed” or its “wrong” and anything like that will get crtizisim.Doing wrong is right and doing right is wrong.smh

    11. I don’t like it. I’ve barely watched it but the show I watched, the preacher was encouraging everyone in the congregation to have sex. There’s nothing wrong with married couples having sex but the way he was saying it and the whole context of the show (don’t remember anything much but that) just seemed very disrespectful to me.

    12. No, I don’t think it mocks God. It mocks the Christian hypocrites of the south, (and trust me, there are lots of them- I live in the south.) It mocks the people who in the same breath praise the Lord, and gossip about a fellow Christian. That saying, I think it might give non Christians a bad idea about people of faith. I think it should be taken as a challenge to all of us to do better, and not be a hypocrite.

    13. But you have to remember that They are Plenty People in the Body of Christ that acts like that. Backstabbing, gossip, and revenge. They are plenty “Christians” that act like that. They are Christians but they aren’t Kingdom.

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