Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Podcast #14. The title for today’s episode: Can Any Good Thing Come Out Of Greenleaf? And the Power of Pedestrianism
Greenleaf is a show filled with drama and conflict, much of which is an accurate, if hyped, depiction of what really goes on behind closed doors in many black churches and black families. However, the secrets and sins of the Greenleaf family are not all that goes on in any church or family. A lot of good takes place within the four walls of churches and Christian families in America and around the globe. It would be good to see some of this depicted in Greenleaf as well.
While it is true that scandal draws eyeballs, scandal doesn’t do much for a person’s soul. It would be heartening to many Christian viewers to see the church and Christian people sometimes portrayed in a good light before somebody comes along and puts together a church drama called “The Good Church.” It is not about trying to make the church look good, but rather it is about having a faithful, balanced depiction of a group of people who do both good and bad in the real world. And, of course, oftentimes, it is just an individual or two doing the bad and making the whole church look bad.
Additionally, we would encourage the very talented and gifted Greenleaf team to include more pedestrian scenes in the show. “Pedestrian”, in novels, in serials, and in movies, simply means that which is commonplace or usual. It refers to things that are uneventful or unremarkable. For the show to be effective, it does not have to have wall-to-wall scandal, conflict, and suggestive teases. (By the way, this is what is helping to ruin, more and more, Tyler Perry’s Tuesday night line up.) Many viewers enjoy the quieter scenes in television and movies that show people, from time to time, going about the more mundane tasks of everyday life, accentuating the positive, and doing such things as — eating together without scandal, without suggestive teases, walking down a busy street hustling and bustling, doing work at the office in a good spirit, reading a bedtime story to the children, etc. Viewers can easily imagine themselves in the shoes of the characters because we do those same things every day.
We hope the dear folks at Greenleaf will take these humble suggestions into consideration. It would be wonderful to see the show not just as a cautionary tale or a litigation of what is wrong in the black church, or a personal crusade for homosexuality to be accepted in the church, but as a source of encouragement, inspiration, and uplifting for viewers as well.
In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.
If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.
Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.