When Ebony Dixon, a resident of Columbia, SC, first heard about the new show, “Black Jesus,” scheduled to be aired on Adult Swim on August 7, 2014, she was incensed. She found the clip advertising the series and watched it. Afterward, “I felt so sick, I could not eat,” she told me during our phone conversation on July 26, 2014. In her anger, Ebony pondered what she could do about the situation. She began writing letters, first to Adult Swim, then Cartoon Network, explaining her offense. As a Christian, she was appalled by the misrepresentation of Christ, the church, and the overall blasphemous nature of the television series.
Then one of her friends told her about Change.org where she could start a petition to try and stop the show from airing. “She told me that she had seen another petition that reached 300 signatures and the show was canceled. So I thought, why not?” Ms. Dixon created her petition and then posted it on Facebook. To gain more signatures, she posted it in a discussion group, Jesus Christ is King. However, her petition was not well received. Instead of Christians rallying behind her in support, they criticized her attempt at stopping the show from airing. They argued that most television programs are sick and have the devil’s hand in them.
Ephesians 2:2 calls Satan the prince of the air, it says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” Ephesians 2:1-2. It is understood that Satan has control over most media including music and television, however, as Ms. Dixon pointed out, just because we did not fight it in the past does not mean we have to take it now. “People who watch this show without a relationship with Christ will take it as a joke, so then when it comes time, they won’t take a real relationship with Him seriously and will die and go to hell because no one took it seriously” she said.
Later on, the creator of the page Jesus Christ is King, sent Ms. Dixon a message saying, “Your faith will move mountains.” He created another petition on Change.org re-working some aspects of Ms. Dixon’s petition including adding a clip to the show. He posted his petition and in just a couple of days it received more than 3,000 signatures. People as far away as Germany and the UK are signing the petition and letting the creators of the show know they are unhappy with the mockery of their religion.
Of course some people, like the author of this article, fail to realize what is really at stake when it comes to this show and others like it. As the body of Christ, we realize that this world is temporary; there is an eternal life that follows our physical death. Whether or not you spend eternity in perpetual torment because of your earthly sins, or in paradise because you acknowledge that Christ took the punishment for your sin upon Himself, is a choice that each of us will have to make. But while we are here we must do our best to share the knowledge of Jesus, his death, burial, and resurrection so that all who believe will be saved.
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