EmpireBy: Camellia Graham

I didn’t realize so many people have so many opinions regarding the hottest show on television: Empire – from the network’s owner to stereotyping.

For some, watching the current primetime hit series “Empire,” which airs on FOX, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, with its twists, schemes, and sizzling manipulations is a no brainer; while others may see those viewers as traitors and turncoats. Why? Because of the supposed viewpoint of FOX’s owner who “seemingly” uses this medium to express vicious attacks upon the nation’s first black (and twice elected) president – President Barack Obama. On the other hand, a segment of the population feels that African Americans should refrain from watching shows of this nature because they – yet again – depict Black people in such a negative light – loud, hood-ish and superficial. Finally, there are those who perceive that Christians have a duty not to watch this type of smut because of all the moral laws it slams – eight!

Yes, I watch Empire and I love it! I watch it for entertainment purposes. Is that wrong? Am I making a decision about one or all the above because I watch the show? Am I violating unwritten code or neglecting an obligation I may have? Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Now although watching Empire in and of itself may not lead to destruction (death), or makes one an Obama-basher, nor identifies one as a fanatical Christian, the subtle temptation or desire to continuously impose self-will over God’s will is where the lines can easily become blurred. So FOR ME, watching Empire is not the problem – balance is. What’s your opinion?


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