Torn Between Jesus and Hefner
- Wednesday, November 30, 2005
There’s a new TV show you may or may not be aware of, but I’d be willing to bet your teens know the exact time and channel to watch, not to mention episode “plots” and all the characters involved.
Girls Next Door, the first reality show to take viewers inside Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, is a big hit. Tag line: "We call it fantasy. They call it home."
Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison, who is—in real life—Hugh Hefner’s “#1”girlfriend. I say #1 because there are two others. (However, it should be noted that before Holly, there were seven girls gracing Hef’s bed. Seven girlfriends. Seven girlfriends and one old and rich playboy.)
Second in line is Bridget Marquardt who is no dummy. She has a B.A. in public relations, a Masters in communications and is currently working toward another Masters (this one in broadcast journalism.
Rounding out the Hefner Plaything Trio is Kendra Wilkinson. Kendra is 20 years of age to Hef’s 78.
If that isn’t enough to bother you…well, take a look at just one episode. See media’s newest way of telling women today that sex is free and fun and that being a boy toy is the most desirous goal in the world. The girls in the mansion are pampered and perky and—heaven help us—‘pert near perfect. One look at all this can give a girl such mixed signals.
Even a Christian girl.
And Then Jesus Said
In the 12th chapter of Matthew we read of a time when a demon-possessed man was brought to Jesus and then healed by the Great Physician. The people were amazed, saying, “Could this be the Son of David?” (Or, “Could this be the Messiah?”)
When the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only be Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” He then went on to say, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
In the movie, The Gospel According to Matthew (directed by Reghardt van den Bergh and starring Bruce Marchiano as Jesus), Marchiano plays this scene in an unsophisticated temple. As the men gathered around him listens, van den Bergh ingeniously placed a woman behind a latticework room divider. She is obviously a prostitute; everything about her cries, “for sale.” Yet, as she peers through the lattice, her eyes plead, “Can you save even me?”
Marchiano gives her a quick glance, as though to say, “Yes, I see you,” but to not embarrass her. He then ontinues to speak to the men, reciting, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad….”
Marchiano, as Jesus, then looks back up to the woman, eyes full of love and compassion. He continues, “…for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
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