NBC’s “The New Normal”

Watching the Olympics with my wife and two small children at night on NBC, I became very discouraged by the repetitive promotion of NBC’s newest sitcom television series, The New Normal. You can read more about the upcoming television show here. Not surprisingly, this new development comes from the creators of the television hit, “Glee” and casts some of the least family-friendly actors out there. The series will unfold the “normal” events in the life of a gay couple, who have “successful careers and a committed, loving partnership,” yet are missing just “one thing” for their union to be complete… a child. Enter the single mom whose uterus is healthy and eggs fertile, in need of a little money and felt significance in life, and the perfect storm comes together for a surrogate mother and two gay men wanting a baby.

I am not shocked at the story line. Television producers have been pushing the homosexual agenda on us for years. From Three’s Company to Glee and Grey’s Anatomy, TV series producers for years have been sneaking in what they would have us to believe is the “normality” of homosexuality, and now it is much less of a surreptitious screenplay and more of a blatant openness toward what the Bible describes as “detestable” (Lev. 18:22), a “horrible thing (Judges 19:23), “morally wrong / shameful” (Romans 1:28) and an “abomination,” (1 Kings 14, 15, 22, 2 Kings 23).

What is so upsetting to me about this newest series which is scheduled to run its first episode September 11, 2012 on NBC, is that it is not just depicting homosexuality as “normal.” It goes the extra step to label it as “normal.” The title even slaps biblical marriage in the face by calling this lifestyle the “NEW normal” as if the “OLD normal” is somehow outdated and irrelevant.

Two problems I have with that claim:

1. What the show is depicting is not “normal” societally. The most liberal of statisticians cannot label even 4% of the current US population as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender.” And this number is a drastic reduction from the 10% that Alfred Kinsey put forth in 1948. (For more on these percentages, see ABC’s article from April 2011 here.) What that means is… less than 4% of the US population would claim to be any kind of “homosexual” today, and that number has fallen by a margin of 6% in 63 years. So what’s “normal” is not two gay men trying to make their life together complete by finding a surrogate mother who will have their child. What’s “normal” in society is heterosexual attraction producing the biological end of procreation, just as it is found in nature. Yes, one can observe homosexual behavior in nature as well… but what is “normal” in nature, by a margin of an astronomical percentage, is just as it is in society by the same… opposite-sex attraction which promotes the biological end of procreation.

2. What the show is depicting is not “normal” scripturally. Romans 1:17-32 describes a humanity that has decided to honor themselves as God, by serving their own feelings and passions, rather than acknowledge Yahweh as God, by adhering to His eternal moral statutes. In this passage, Paul writes that they have exchanged what were “natural” sexual relations for those that are “contrary to nature,” (Rom. 1:26, HCSB). The whole passage is an indictment against a humanity that would claim “normality” out of something that God deems abnormal and detestable. Just the title of this new series on NBC is a slap in the face of God, decreeing as did those about whom Paul wrote in Romans 1, that what they think, feel, and desire is of greater value to their lives than what God has ordained, designed, and planned from eternity.

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This new TV series does not fit into the “normal” category societally, naturally, or scripturally. I hope Christians can see this show for what it is… a desperate attempt by depraved minds to push homosexual behavior on our culture as what they would like to see as “The New Normal.” … a definite break from what God deems as normal and beneficial to our society… a denial of the “Old Normal” as something healthy and natural by replacing it with what scripture says is unnatural and an “abomination.”

Grace and Peace,

Tony

3 thoughts on “NBC’s “The New Normal”

  1. “I am not shocked at the story line. Television producers have been pushing the homosexual agenda on us for years. ”

    It also happens in real life quite a lot. Television producers or not.

    “The title even slaps biblical marriage in the face by calling this lifestyle the “NEW normal” as if the “OLD normal” is somehow outdated and irrelevant.”

    Why is that necessarily a bad thing?

    The old normal was people owning other people as property. The new normal is not that.

    “2. What the show is depicting is not “normal” scripturally.”

    I don’t think they care. It’s a television show, and many in society no more conform their lives to your scriptures than they would to Muslim scriptures.

    “a desperate attempt by depraved minds to push homosexual behavior on our culture as what they would like to see as “The New Normal.””

    I’m curious…do you think this show will turn people gay? Or that is the intent of the shows creators…to turn people gay?

  2. Dear friend… not quite sure what you mean by “The old normal was people owning other people as property.” That’s not the way my marriage works, nor my parents’ before me, or theirs before them.

    About the TV producers not caring if the show falls in line with Biblical morality – I agree. I don’t think they care at all.

    And as for your last inquiry, neither. I don’t think it has anything to do with “turning people gay.” I think the intent is that we (you, I, and the rest of humanity) ACCEPT that homosexual partnership is “normal” instead of “abnormal;” the assumption (maybe even a tenable one) is that by portraying this activity/behavior/lifestyle as “normal,” we as a society will be more apt to accepting it as such… even though it is not, in fact, “normal.”

  3. Finally, someone who knows that this behavior is not normal. I watched the first show and it was STUPID. The guy gets into a fight in the mall with some guy who “hates” gays. The used the word “hate” several times in 3 minutes to explain anyone that did not agree with their lifestyle. I find in real life I would rather live next to a gay couple who has a kid and holds the same values that I do as opposed to living next to a straight family that does not hold my values and are inappropriate, but it does not mean that I agree with being gay or support that lifestyle. It means I am able to love and be around people who I do not support in every aspect of their life much in the same way that parents do not support every decision their child makes, but can still love them. Just because there are many good gay people, still does not make it okay.

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