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|Why Pastors Are Talking About ‘scandal’ And Olivia Pope In Their Churches by ijebabe: 12:59pm On May 16, 2013|
Below is an excerpt from an article describing how the TV show 'Scandal' has been used to address single women in the States. These pastors are preaching about getting rid of the 'Fitz' in your life and many more. It was interesting to read but I love Olivia Pope, Fitz or no Fitz
Dr. Tejado W. Hanchell, Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Holy Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is one of many ministers to use Scandal as an object lesson. In the May 2 episode, “A Woman Scorned,” Olivia growls the instant-classic line, “You want me? Earn me!” to Fitz. In response, Dr. Hanchell used the hashtag #DearSingleSister to dispense a bit of admonition to any women who may have been looking to Olivia as a relationship role model. “#DearSingleSister,” he wrote, “A married man can’t ‘earn you.’ His assets are tied up in another investment.” Other advice from that week includes: “#DearSingleSister, you can get free from your ‘Fitz’ but you can’t do it alone. Seek help.” And then there’s this observation: “Fitz is acting like those pastors who lose their church over a side piece.”
For faith leaders who use the show primarily to address the perils and fallout of adultery, useful commentary seems limited. Lessons along these lines assume that there’s a great need for addressing extramarital affairs in church—and there very well may be. But these quips also place the bulk of blame on Olivia Pope. She—and by extension, the female contingent of a church’s Scandal-viewing audience—become whipping girls for the Purity Police.
The message is: Don’t end up like Olivia Pope, the mistress who will most assuredly received her well-deserved comeuppance. And, apparently: Don’t be a “side piece” who causes a pastor to lose his church. Beyond that, there isn’t much of a faith message to be gained.
Dr. Hanchell isn’t alone in his adultery-based critique of the show and its viewers, but some churches are using Scandal as less of a shaming device and more of a conversation-starter and a Bible study. Take Impact Church of Atlanta, where Pastor Olu Brown preached a series on Scandal that was strategically planned to coincide with the show’s last three-week hiatus. Three Scandal-centric sermons, “I’ve Been Hucked,” “Every Scandal Has a Harrison,” and “The Olivia Pope Syndrome,” dissect the show’s characters and plot in interesting and less judgmental ways.
“Raise your hand if you’re involved in a scandal,” Pastor Brown begins his “I’ve Been Hucked” sermon. “Don’t you dare raise your hand!” After the congregation chuckles, he continues, “That’s why we’re talking about this series. As long as we live, we will all face a scandal in our lives. How do we find some basis to talk about this for the next three weeks? I can think of no other book than the most scandalous book ever written: the Holy Bible.”
Now we’re talking. Faith-based discussion of Scandal has the potential to be very effective, but only when used to boost a congregation’s understanding of its governing text.
After all, Pastor Brown is right to call the Bible scandalous, filled as it is with stories of murder, adultery, deception, theft, and other risqué activities. Scandal is no more salacious than the accounts of Old and New Testament biblical figures, from King David and his philandering-but-wise son, King Solomon, to Apostle Paul, pre-conversion. Rather than focusing solely on the extramarital affair at the show’s core—and, by extension, turning Olivia Pope into Hester Prynne for a hip-hop generation—Impact Church’s series discusses temptation, accountability, and redemption.
‘Scandal’ is no more salacious than the accounts Old and New Testament biblical figures, from King David and his philandering-but-wise son, King Solomon, to Apostle Paul, pre-conversion.
This method of engaging the series works well for a few reasons. Most importantly, it acknowledges that churchgoing women who enjoy the soapy plots of Scandal and even root for its heroine are not necessarily fledgling adulteresses looking to Olivia for tips on how to get a man to leave his wife.
The very best way for a church to engage Scandal—especially among feminist congregants—would be to consider that Olivia seems to believe she needs a savior. Huck, her troubled, crime-scene-cleaning staffer and confidante, is the one she’s chosen. But an ever-growing cast of men is still vying for the job, from Harrison to Edison to Jake to the leader of the free world. Still, none of them is adequate. The best fit, by far, is the savior she’s chosen for herself. But who can she turn to for unconditional love, devotion, and acceptance, when Huck’s PTSD inevitably renders him a catatonic mess again?
Certainly, the church has an answer for that.
|Re: Why Pastors Are Talking About ‘scandal’ And Olivia Pope In Their Churches by anonymous6(f): 8:42am On Jun 25, 2013|
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