Faith-driven comments bring controversy and stewardship choices
The show portrays men as womanizers and highlights divorce, crude behavior and language, immorality and casual sexual relationships with numerous partners.
Having played the role of Jake Harper since the show’s inception in 2003, nineteen-year-old Jones stated that while growing in his walk with the Lord, he realized “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that.”
By taking the bold step of sharing his convictions about the show in the context of his maturing Christian beliefs, Jones has jeopardized his $350,000 per episode salary and now faces multiple critics – including his mother. Although he called the show “very inappropriate,” Jones clarified in follow-up interviews that he was “grateful and has the highest regard and respect for all the people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked with over the past ten years.”
While some might question the degree to which Jones thought through the way he opened up about his faith convictions, he raises an important question for Faith Driven Consumers: Where do we draw the line when it comes to our personal participation in ungodly and harmful influences in the culture?
As Faith Driven Consumers, we’re called to more deeply consider our daily choices in the light of how we steward our faith and values—at our jobs, in our homes and with our purchasing decisions in the marketplace. Jones’ comments remind us that the things we fill our hearts and minds with matter. And that the Body of Christ is deeply compromised with the world.
Beyond this, Faith Driven Consumers are reminded that every choice matters and that we can positively impact the entertainment industry by the shows and movies we choose to watch. Will you and your family choose to watch shows that fill your minds with worldly things? Or will you choose to support shows that respect your values and biblical worldview?
Joshua 24:15 says to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
What everyday decisions will you make today to live more boldly in your faith?