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How to Get Away With Murder – A Spiritual Perspective

I remember anticipating and then finally watching the first episode of “How to Get Away With Murder” with an enthusiasm I hadn’t had in a long while. For the most part, I don’t usually watch television drama series because a lot of them just haven’t interested me in recent years. However, when I saw that Viola Davis was going to be starring in her own series, I was ecstatic because she is one of my favorite actresses. I set the DVR to record the entire season after the first episode was over because I was immediately captivated. The character of defense attorney Annalise Keating was intriguing, dark, cut-throat and even sexy in a sort of interesting way. The plot was slowly established over the course of the season and a number of questions that we the viewers wanted answers to, which kept us tuned in each week. Who killed her husband? Did her husband kill the young college student? The dialogue was sharp-tongued and laced with punch lines, even though they weren’t necessarily comedic ones. Each episode ended in a way that was designed to keep viewers thirsting for more and eagerly anticipating next week’s show. As a creative writer, I was drawn in by the plot, entertained by the sassy dialogue and just overall fascinated. Heck, I even imagined what Shonda Rhimes’s checkbook must look like these days, since she is now the writer for three very popular shows… However, I was also uncomfortable at times when I watched this show because it glorified several values and behaviors that are completely contrary to the Word of God.

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So despite my intrigue with this show, I think that I may not be watching season two… (Sigh) The truth is that when Holy Spirit begins to rain down conviction, you can either take heed or be disobedient. There has to come a point in the life of a believer where you decide to be a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ and not be carnal-minded. I have to decide if I’m going to be entertained by the very things that offend God. Now I imagine that many of you may be rolling your eyes, or thinking that I’m trying too hard to be spiritual. All I can assure you is I’m just speaking what’s in my heart and I’m now at this crossroads. Am I willing to give up entertainment that glorifies what He has deemed as sin? If I am truly trying to be Christ-like, how can I enjoy being entertained by sinful situations where redemption and restoration are not even a part of the show’s concept? At what point do I began to make the sacrifices necessary to become His disciple? After all, Jesus Christ stated to his disciples that there is a COST to follow Him, and often times we don’t want to pay it. The situation of me watching this show is just a small example of this.

As a man who is trying to enter a season of consecration and who is trying to walk in sexual purity, is it profitable for me to watch a show where everybody is having sex all over the place? There are all kinds of affairs going on and the sex is so pervasive that they might as well all be attending one big orgy. There is also the element of homosexual activity between men. All of this sexual perversion is completely opposed to the moral order that God established in His Word. Yet, Annalise is agonizing over the fact that her husband cheated on her with one of his students, but she is having an affair herself! Am I missing something here??? By the way, there are too many scriptures to list that deal with sexual sin. I think we all know what the Word says for the most part… (smile)

As much as I like Viola Davis, Annalise Keating is over the top. She has stated many times that she doesn’t care whether or not her clients are guilty. She is only interested in defending them and winning her cases, even if justice isn’t served; all while instructing law students to think the exact same way! That’s pretty ruthless when you really think about it… In spite of my curiosity about this character, she doesn’t appear to be the warmest personality and also seems to have a really jaded outlook on life. The fact is, we still don’t know much about her, and I think the mystery of this character only adds to the intrigue of this show. But alas, I may not get to find out more about her. I have a decision to make. Am I going to be obedient and stop following this show, or will I succumb to my thirst for “creativity” and silently wish that I was as successful as a writer as Shonda Rhimes? Sounds like I have some soul searching to do…

Nathan S. Allen Copyright ©2014

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It Will All Be Worth It

On that glorious day, I believe the Heavenly Father will speak affirming words to all who endured and remained in right-standing with Him. I will only attempt to convey what my holy imagination tells me He will say to different types of people. On that day, everything will finally make sense as we are all completely formed to His image and are given the new heavenly bodies. We will be made perfect! It will all be worth it!

 

To the person with the major deformity or rare disease, the Heavenly Father will say:

Thank you, and well done My good and faithful servant! Thank you for showing others how to live in victory in spite of your circumstance. Thank you for not believing the enemy of your soul who tried to get you to believe that I loved you less. I needed people to persevere and show the world the true definition of strength and character. So I chose you long before you were formed in your mother’s womb. I envisioned your bravery and how your life would bring Me glory. You have no idea how many souls you touched and inspired! You held your head up high above the taunts, the jeers and the stares and chose to keep your eyes on the cross of Calvary. You allowed the blood of My Son to cleanse away self-pity, doubt and unbelief. I was there right beside you the entire time up until you breathed your last. While I had to comfort those around you, I rejoiced because I knew that you would be forever in My arms. You fought the good fight! Long suffering has paid you eternal dividends! Now go and see all that your faithfulness has given you for eternity!

To those who died young, the Heavenly Father will say:

I was always jealous for you. Before this earth existed, I adored you and knew that I could only send you to the earth for a short time. Yes your days were short and few but a part of My masterful plan. I couldn’t bare the thought of you having to remain in all the wickedness and evil of the world. I needed you by My side sooner than later. So thank you for shining My light and being salt to those around you. Thank you for learning how to embrace each step of the path I laid out for you with gladness and joy. I fashioned and formed your infectious smile and aura with My precision, and it brought Me such great delight! You left imprints of My glory after you breathed your last. I have come off of My throne and am running to you with open arms because we are now reunited. Now you will bask in My light for eternity and reign with Me forever and ever! Your reward awaits you!

To the artisans who went unrecognized, to those who dreamed big but seemingly came up short, the Heavenly Father will say:

I saw your sorrow that you kept hidden and I bottled up all of your secret tears. However, I rejoiced when you decided to choose joy over happiness. I gave you marvelous gifts that were for My glory. They were like precious jewels that a woman would keep locked in her jewelry box away so nobody would take them. Thank you for allowing My spirit to tame the wild stallion in your heart. Thank you for worshipping Me and not your gifts, charisma and ideas. Thank you for choosing the audience of Me over the audience of many. I needed secret weapons in the spirit realm for specific times and you held on to your faith. You allowed Me to use you the way I always had intended. Thank you for choosing Me over fame and riches. Thank you for being a pure vessel that only desired My presence and for My purposes to come forth. Thank you for not trusting in the promises of worldly success and trusting in the life I predestined for you. Thank you for not taking yourself too seriously and overcoming jealousy and envy of those who I chose to use in a more visible way. Your weapons remained razor sharp and defeated demonic forces in ways you would never know. Your gift caused great conviction, edification and repentance to those assigned to you. The applause of heaven shall now forever fill your ears! Go see all the rewards that never gathered up dust! 

To the soldiers killed in war and those who died saving the lives of others, the Heavenly Father will say:

Your bravery has earned you a glorious crown that will forever sit upon your head. No greater love is there than for a man who will give his life for others. I placed that love on the inside of you. In a world full of pride and selfishness, you remained selfless. You showed the world the true meaning of sacrifice and became a hero. Not only are you forever remembered in the earthly realm, there is a chapter in the Book of Life that is all about you! I’m your daddy and I will always say, “This is my child in whom I am well pleased.” You are of the chosen few throughout the ages who believed in something enough to die for. So in essence you truly lived! Enjoy the eternal fruits of your labor! For they were never in vain, and when I tried them in My holy fire they held up and remained. Now go see all that you have gained!  

To those who were martyred, the Heavenly Father will say:

Your death was victorious! It shook the very foundations of hell and caused demons to tremble! Your blood spilled and turned the hearts of many into fertile ground. Many lukewarm souls were made hot by your death. Many others came into My kingdom after witnessing or hearing about your passion for Me. You brought in a great harvest! Thank you for not loving your life till death. Your unwavering obedience kept you on that narrow path no matter where it would lead to because you trusted in Me. The truth is that I suffered with you even up to the moment when your earthly body was killed. But now I adorn you in this white robe. You will now rest in My glory and enjoy pleasures forever more! The pain your flesh endured has given you access to everything in My kingdom! Go and behold treasures that have been never seen!    

 

This life will have its troubles, but He said that he would never leave us no forsake us. Life is not fair, according to mankind’s standards. But Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJV) His plan is perfect despite whatever might seem to manifest in the natural. We have to trust in what we cannot see. We must walk by faith and not by sight. Trust the Heavenly Father as He is saying “It will all be worth it!”

Nathan Allen Copyright© 2012

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Spirituality

 

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