It is interesting to note that many sitcoms, even family oriented sitcoms today speak very little about God.
But this stereotype that many current shows fit into is not true for one show that may be somewhat unexpected: The Walking Dead.
If you have seen the show than you know it is less about zombies and more about how people work together to survive in a world that no longer resembles everything they knew and loved. The characters face a number of big threats in the series, but the biggest are always other people who act inhumanely towards humankind. The main characters struggle with accepting that their world has been turned upside down while at the same time continuing to hold on to virtue, goodness, and a moral foundation of right and wrong.
The characters discuss God and either their belief in him or lack thereof fairly regularly. One character, stands out above the rest – Hershel Greene.
In the 4th season of the show, he is pictured a number of times reading directly from the Bible. He is a good man. He is a Christian, and he is not perfect.
One person has even pondered whether or not this character might be the most important Christian character on television.
Needless to say, I really like this show. It is well scripted, well filmed, and the acting is superb. It is by far one of the best current shows on television. I enjoy its thought-provoking nature, and the writers’ willingness to allow bad things to happen to both good and evil characters on the show.
The show does not mock religious faith or practice. It exposes human sin. It recognizes standards of right and wrong. And it presents a worldview of hope in a time of trouble.
To end this post, let me share a quote from Hershel’s character:
“You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now…you don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you are risking it for.”
What are your thoughts about the show? What are your thoughts about Christianity on TV?