I'm not sure what's more surprising, that a major cable network has agreed to show an entire miniseries on The Bible, or that The History Channel will be broadcasting something other than Pawn Stars for a few hours over the next couple weeks.
This Sunday, March 3rd at 8e/5p, The History Channel will begin broadcasting "The Bible" for a 5 week run with 2 hour shows each week. The project was produced by husband and wife duo Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and promised to be quite an event. Normally, I find myself wary of pop culture representations of biblical narratives (Just google "Noah with Russell Crowe" if you want to know what I'm talking about). However, this miniseries promises to be something different. Burnett and Downey have long been both respected in Hollywood and famous for their outspoken Christian faith. Who knew such a combination could exist in Hollywood. If "The Bible" has half of the spiritual impact of Touched By An Angel, I'll call it a success.
I cannot describe how incredibly important it is that conservatives make a foray into pop culture. If you want to hear my thoughts on it, take a listen to the most recent episode of Aim Right With Amy. Most people in the US get their news and information through culture, especially pop culture. Movies, television and music all hold massive sway for the average uninformed voter and unfortunately, conservative or Christian elements are rarely present. This is both due to the liberal nature of Hollywood and the fact that few conservatives make the effort to make inroads into culture.
Series like "The Bible," hope to change that because it aims to make biblical stories palatable to the modern day audience. The entertainment aspect of this project is perhaps much more appealing to the average American than simply sitting down to read scripture. Sometimes people just need a little nudge towards Christianity or conservatism and this miniseries aims to do just that. And it looks entertaining to boot. What's wrong with that?