The Media Continues to Normalize the Homosexual Lifestyle
“The Where We Are On TV report” states that programming on the five networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, and Fox), reveals an increase in characters portraying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender’ (LGBT) roles for the 2010-2011 viewing season (www.glaad.org). The report shows an increase in percentage of LGBT roles since 2007, which was at 1.1% of the characters on the networks, to 3.9% for the upcoming TV season. “Of the 587 series regular characters counted across 84 programs on the five broadcast networks…, 23 are LGBT, an increase of five from 18 LGBT characters counted the previous year (www.glaad.org). On the cable networks, LGBT characters increased in number from 25 to 35, “following a two year decline,” with HBO having the largest number. Further breakdowns of percentage of characters in these roles by ethnicity and gender are also provided by the report. Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay, Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) claimed that “The overall increase in gay characters not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting’” (www.foxnews.com, 09/29/10).
While we do not believe that the media necessarily determines what will happen in our culture, we certainly believe the mainstream media is reflective of what has now become acceptable to a vast number of powerful, prominent people. As we draw ever nearer the day of our Lord’s return and the subsequent period of time when the Lord will judge the inhabitants of this planet, we can expect evil and wickedness to be on the rise. It is no surprise when people regard “evil” as something beneficial, and when they refer to what is really “good” as being “evil” (Isa. 5:20). For Christians, it is not at all shocking that people applaud and cheer when perversion and sin are promoted by mainstream media and leaders of wicked political and service organizations (Rom. 1:18-32). As Christians, we must find alternatives to such amusement. We must look for things to edify one another, not venues where our morals and values will are attacked and assaulted. As well, we must seek to be salt and light in a world determined to dwell in darkness and sin (Phil. 2:15).