This used to be one of my favorite shows but in its fourth season, Supernatural departed from its usual formula of scares-of-the-week in order to employ a decidedly anti-Christian slant. It is no the first time the show has tackled organized religion but in all previous attempts, the subject was treated with enough caution and respect that I adopted a mistaken attitude that I had nothing to worry about. I was even enthusiastic after the season premiere when Angels were introduced, but over the weeks and months that followed, my excitement turned to disappointment. More than that, I was deeply offended.
In a nutshell, this season explored the leading up to and release of Lucifer from his imprisonment in a dark corner of Hell by various demons attempting to break a number of “seals.” That, I have no problem with. It’s their depiction of Angels I have a problem with — bitter, unhappy, mindless drones who have never met God and indeed, some of whom doubt He even exists. Some of them change sides mid-stream. Others decide to “fall to earth,” giving up their Grace and becoming human, because they think humans have a better deal — we get to eat chocolate and have sex. Which one Fallen Angel does (with one of the “heroes” of the show) before retaining her Grace and returning to full-fledged Angel. Just when it seems the show might be approaching some sort of Redemption in revealing one nasty Angel is actually a Demon in disguise, we learn the Boss behind all of their movements is not God. In fact, if God exists at all in this vision of supernatural events, He abandoned Earth and Mankind long ago and has left a bunch of angels in charge who are looking forward to the Tribulation and their chance to get down and dirty with Demons — and who cares if a few million humans wind up as collateral damage in the meantime?
I might add that these Angels, much like Demons, need human hosts in order to interact with Sam and Dean. Only unlike Demons, their hosts are willing and “good men.” What constitutes as a “good man,” however, is subjective — because that’s what they call Dean too, and he’s known for his fornicating to such an extent that one of the Angels actually offers him a sex-fest with his favorite TV babe. Not only that, we learn a prophet is writing “The Book of Winchester,” which chronicles the adventures of Sam and Dean for future religious research and worship.
Basically, season four of Supernatural is like an atheist’s on crack’s take on Peretti — a hodgepodge of absurdities that become downright offensive when you pause to consider its ultimate conclusions:
+ Being “good” has nothing to do with morality, just intent (Dean wants to save people, therefore he is good, no matter how many women he sleeps with)
+ Angels are only slightly better than Demons and sometimes seem downright human
+ Angels are still choosing sides
+ Ultimately, Angels are in charge — and want the Earth’s destruction to prevent their boredom
+ God either doesn’t exist or has no interest
I am not a complete Biblical prude. I don’t mind a little wackiness from secular writers because they do not know the Truth, but there is such a thing as taking it too far. What angers me even more is a number of posts, articles, and references that have been made to the extent of, “We should thank Kripke for bringing Faith back to prime time!” Excuse me, faith? That is not faith. It’s not even Truth. For a show that takes such pains in representing urban legends so accurately, it seems absurd that this season would be full of offensive conclusions and slanderous plot lines. It seems intentional rather than merely “a consequence of ignorance.”
The second thing I have heard? “I’m used to it. I figured they wouldn’t get it right, so it doesn’t really bother me.”
In my opinion, misrepresentation of God and our basic beliefs SHOULD offend people. It SHOULD prompt us to be angry. What is the first and most important commandment? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” If you truly love something, you want to defend it. You are angered when it is slandered. You don’t just “accept” what the world has to say about it, and you certainly don’t remain silent about it.
Supernatural is just a television show that happens to get everything wrong… but my fear is that people may think this is actually how Angels work, or worse, that God is nothing more than another urban legend dealt with as an uncaring force without influence.
But you can’t have it both ways, Kripke: if Lucifer exists, so does God. Only He’s not what you imagined.