You’ve probably heard about it by now. This week the Disney Channel show, Good Luck Charlie, featured a same-sex couple for the first time.
Social media has been abuzz with reactions. It may shock you to know that I am having a hard time getting worked up about this. My primary reaction is, I’m not surprised. I can’t believe it took this long.
Further, my opinion of Disney Channel sitcoms was almost entirely negative long before this happened. I’ll never forget the time I walked into the room while my 7-year-old granddaughter was watching one such show (I don’t remember which one). I was stunned at the mouthy, smart-alecky, disrespectful attitude the juvenile characters were displaying toward the adults. I immediately commandeered the remote and changed the channel. It wasn’t a popular move at the moment, but, amazingly, my granddaughter managed to survive and still loves me.
Another reason I’m not hyperventilating over this is because my hope is not in television or the media. If it were, I would be frantic. But my hope is in Christ, who is greater even than Mickey Mouse or any television network.
Over the years there have been many key moments when culture turned a little farther away from what I believe or feel comfortable with. I expect nothing less in a fallen world and continue to be amazed at people who expect secular companies like Disney to act Christian. I decided a long time ago that I would preach and write my convictions and be the best father and grandfather I could possibly be. The rest of it, I leave to God.
Perhaps you, too, would be happier if you didn’t worry so much about things you can’t control. Be glad you can control what your kids watch. Be glad you can talk to them about what they see and hear. Be glad we have a Savior whose grace is greater than our sin. And yes, pray. And vote. Do what you can to influence your world. But don’t let something like this steal your joy.
Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Don’t overlook those two little words, “take heart.” Remember, this world is not your home.