I’ve been a Law & Order fan for years and years. There are so many great things about the show—the acting, the writing, even the da-da music. But lately, maybe for the past two or three years, there has been a growing number of plots that center around lunatic so-called “Christians.” The bias is so obvious against Christianity it makes me wonder about the writer or producer who has an ax to grind, the person who is on a mission to portray people of faith as dangerous, war-mongering fanatics. This week’s episode was another one. A mother stoned to death by her fire-breathing son who killed her because he learned she was having an affair and it was God’s will that she be stoned.
I’ve been a follower of Christ for over 30 years, and I have never met anyone like those who show up on a regular basis on Law & Order (and its off-shoots). I’m not saying there aren’t cults and individuals who call themselves Christians but who practice something very different from what millions of believers around the globe practice. But why can’t they have some characters who are Christians who display the wisdom and discernment that I see on a daily basis? Why can’t they be regular folks who have jobs, who are good to their children, who pay their bills and their taxes, who attend church but also go to baseball games and volunteer for charities? The believers who do good work, who have a social conscience, who feed the poor in the park or knit winter caps for the homeless. The believers who give up their easy lives in America to travel to a third world country to minister to the poor.
The hatred for Christians on L&O is disturbing and it’s a kind of brainwashing that is seeping into our culture more and more.