Last night a new television program aired on Fox. Fox has a long history of programming that shows that they are willing to push the envelope for what is deemed acceptable. Married with Children, In Living Color, Simpsons, Family Guy, and Who wants to Marry a Millionaire are all prime examples of how low this network will go. But, to do an entire show on the devil himself proved to me that they could indeed do worse.
By their own words, “The series focuses on Lucifer, who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angelos, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.” I don’t even know where to get started here. Nowhere in the bible does it say Satan is ruling in hell. He is not Hades, the Greek god of the underworld. Hell was created as a place of punishment for the devil, not a place to establish his kingdom (Matt. 25:41). It also shows the devil looking forward to helping the good guys, the LAPD. Let that sink in for a moment. The Devil is being described as a helper to mankind. Since when? Not one place in the bible will you ever find Satan doing something beneficial for us. “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).” Go back and read that verse again. There is NO truth in him. Jesus didn’t say, watch him, he might lie some of the time. He didn’t say you really can’t trust everything he says. Jesus said NO truth is found in him. And yet the premise of this television program is that the devil is bringing the truth to light.
How is this show being received? Listen to this review by Bleeding Cool’s Dan Wickline. “This version of Lucifer refuses to take almost anything seriously and the show is better for it.” Max Nicholson of IGN praised Tom Ellis’s performance as Lucifer and the lighthearted tone of the show. So, it is now okay to portray the devil in a lighthearted, joking kind of way? Are we really to assume that it is okay to portray the enemy of our souls, the one that brought death, destruction, etc into our lives as lighthearted likable kind of guy? May it never be!
When asked if those that sought to boycott his program cared, he replied, ” I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…” He said this in reference to them trying to boycott the comic book this character is based upon. He clearly has no conscience. He doesn’t care that children are reading or watching this filth. He doesn’t care that this type of programming will only lead to sympathy for the devil and turn people’s hearts away from God.
And yes, readers it will do that. Lucifer has befriended a child. They have humanized him. They are trying to create a character that is lovable and are trying to portray him as gravely misunderstood. They even have an episode on the horizon called Saint Lucifer.
Entertainment should NEVER make a mockery of God and his word. I pray that you will take a stand against this program and others like it.