I was told to watch Degrassi: The Next Generation tonight by a friend. Part of the show focused on the school’s Christian youth club and its interesting dynamics. Some members of the group were clearly Christian and the other part were either there for fun or were searching, as is the case in many Christian youth groups. I was encouraged to see a mainstream TV show allow Christian content, and even more encouraged to see that they were realistic in portraying the struggles that many teens face — number one being peer pressure. One of the girls (Darcy) appeared to have some understanding of the Christian and wanted to walk her faith. Her boyfriend was Spinner, who didn’t understand the Christian faith and was satisfied with partying and enjoying the pleasures of the flesh.
As the story unfolded, we saw that Darcy was afraid of losing Spinner to some other girl. They snuck away from the rest of group and she was prepared to "go all the way" in order to keep him. Thankfully, it stopped there, when Spinner had his epiphany. He found out that a friend of his (Jay), encouraged this thought and ultimately wanted to ruin the relationship.
The show ended with Spinner and Darcy recognizing that they were obviously too young to be engaging in any sort of relationship that was beyond shaking hands. I was happy to see that Degrassi continues to be a show that is upfront and in-your-face about issues today, but also that they didn’t attempt to show all of the Christian teens as hypocrites who want forgiveness for partying and having sex.
(I think I still may be a closet-fan of Degrassi)
Very true. I say amen to the whole “i’m glad they didnt show all the teens wanting forgiveness.. blah blah blah”
When I read that, I thought of the worst movie in the world, Mandy Moore’s “Saved” terrible movie that makes christians look like physco’s!!
Keep em comin shawn!!
I’m encouraged by the commitment amoungst Anglican youthworkers to engage society and culture. There are many people, like yourself, who are making valuable contributions to the debate and discussion.
I’m continually amazed at where one may end up when browsing what is going on with youth work in the Anglican Communion. Keep up the good work!
I am glad to see that you have such influencial people (Rowan)checking out your blog. You must be very honoured.
I agree with your perception of this show. I think it’s great to see the shift in tv shows at the present to deal with the questions that not only youth have but all who are searching for the truth.