The other day I was watching TV and the game show “Family Feud” came on. I have enjoyed the show in years past but it has been a while since I had ever actually sat down and watched it. The very first survey question caught my attention. It was:
Name a profession whose members will have a hard time getting into Heaven
Interesting survey question to say the least. What is “Family Feud”‘s goal here? By simply asking this question the creators/writers of the survey question were making a theological statement. To them salvation is found in how good of person you are AND there are people in this world who because of their choice of profession will not inherit the riches awaiting them in Heaven. While there are some who believe that Heaven is reserved for Christians only, there are some who believe that all of humanity will not be barred from the glories of God.
Not so says Family Feud…
Here is what the survey said:
- Drug dealer
Other answers not making the survey:
- Tax collector
- Hit man
- Con artist
One first glance the majority of the people listed by the survey are those that fit certain stereotypes. Polticans lie and cheat, lawyers lie to get their way, drug dealers are preying on the youth of America, etc. etc. The only one that didn’t make sense to me was ‘athlete.’ Sure in recent year in the age of steroids and mega contracts there are those who believe that professional athlete are nothing more than big, money hungry babies. Of course, this isnt always the case and I do point out that the survey did not specify between pro and amateur athletes, so looks like my league baseball days has punched my ticket to netherworld known as hell. 😀
The theology that Family Feud is promoting is one what widely labels certain professions as negative. Forget the fact that there are lawyers that take on cases for free, forget the politicians who actually do their due diligence and serve those they represent, forget the athlete that is using his/her God given talents to play a sport and use part of their salary to fund charity work. Just forget all of that… let’s make generalization… because that has worked in the past, right?
Am I making too much out of a game show? Maybe, but maybe not; the fact of the matter is that theology can be promoted outside of a stained glass building. Sure it is light hearted game show but is there an element of truth? Yes, but a gross over simplification with an element of theology can be a scary thing; that’s just enough knowledge to be dangerous. Now I am not sure how many people draw their spiritual knowledge from a game show but is a conversation that is happening outside the church in the public arena.
I believe people are seeking this conversation about the Divine in the world today… Family Feud is just starting it off for us.