Glee Messed Me Up Last Week

I post my blogs in advance and was gone last week to the Catalyst Conference, but before I left town, I watched Glee on Tuesday night – which was about spirituality, Christianity, God not answering prayers and how Christians treat homosexuals. I was messed up. I think it was one of the best episodes (powerful and thought-provoking) I’ve ever seen on television.

In what I think was one of the best vocal performances I’ve ever heard, Kurt (who is the gay teen on Glee) sang a very moving rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. You can download the song HERE. Watch this video and tell me what you think.

Kurt @ Yahoo! Video

Pretty powerful, huh? What disturbed me and pulled on my heart was the two characters (Kurt, the gay teen and Sue, the mean coach) that had very negative feelings toward God, Christianity and the cast of Glee singing spiritual songs and talking about going to church. Both had very real and valid reasons for their opinion. I was moved by both of their stories.

Kurt’s story moved me because I know there are gay teens sitting in the congregation of every church and the suicides of gay teenagers is on the rise – that disturbs me greatly. We’re going to be discussing this issue more on my blog in the next week. Please have your pastors read and interact with the discussion. My heart is to make pastors aware of this real issue that every church faces and urge them to be sensitive and choose their words carefully from the pulpit.

Sue’s story moved me because she has an older sister that is mentally handicapped and I have a heart for special needs persons. Glee, in a genius way, showed you a peek under the hood of what makes Sue tick, that she does have a heart and that she feels she was let down by God as a child. They drew me in with her backstory and made me even more compassionate toward her.

The last time I was moved like that was when I watched the movie “Rent” and heard the song “Will I?”. You can watch that below.

Let me hear from you, friends? Did you see Glee this past week? If not go watch it on Did you see “Rent”? What are your thoughts? Were you disturbed at all? Do you even care? Why or why not?

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8 thoughts on “Glee Messed Me Up Last Week

  1. Yeah. I was definitely challenged by the episode. Specifically – Kurt. There's a moment where he looks at another character who is dubious towards his [non]relationship towards God & he says, "the church hasn't been the friendliest towards gays. Or women."

    It always breaks my heart whenever I hear this. Mainly because I know it's true – and I know I have my own history of growing up under ideas & theology that don't necessarily mesh with Scripture. Realizing this and taking steps toward a more authentic faith has been hard – and has brought a lot of snide comments from those who think differently. It's one thing to be hurt by the church as a Christian. The episode gave me a peek at what it's like for those who aren't Christians and feel hurt or abused by either the church or those who claim Christ. Eye opening.

    • Exactly. Kurt really challenged me to. It pains me to see someone saying that the Church has hurt or mistreated them. Good point on the "women" comment, too. I wonder how many women feel that way towards the Church? Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I loved this episode as well, but was similarly saddened by how Christians were portrayed. Kurt saying, "the church doesn't like gays or women either" just put a wrench in my heart. How can those who follow Christ compete with the messages such as this that are being expressed in popular culture? We need to demonstrate by our actions and words that this is actually not what Christ wants for his church to communicate, but we haven't done a great job.

    I loved that the episode overall did try to present a range of religious commitment, and for me it goes down as the best episode thus far. I just wish that the condemnation of Christianity it portrays weren't so close to the truth.

  3. Rent and Glee are both in my top 5 favorites. They both challenge my faith and how I react to and treat people who live lives contrary to what my faith believes to be "right".

  4. For some reason my blog wouldn't let Charlie Sells comment. If that happens to you, please email me and let me know. Here's Charlie's comment:

    "I think the episode sent a lot of mixed messages. kurt's quote: I think god is like Santa Claus for adults. Otherwise, god's kind of a jerk, isn't he? I mean, he makes me gay and then has his followers going around saying it's something that I chose, as if someone would choose to be mocked every single day of their lives. And right now I don't want a heavenly father. I want my real one back…. i won't stray into the whole choice vs. genetics realm, but the only thing that came full circle was sue's situation with her sister. the rest was a little off. i will credit the show for, as you said greg, bringing light into the way Christians are perceived as treating women and homosexuals. but this show has to be careful about the messages it sends to its young, impressionable viewers, and this episode didn't use discretion very well."