Several years ago, author A. J. Jacobs wrote a hilarious book called The Year of Living Biblically, in which he tried to follow every rule in the Bible as literally as possible (without killing anyone).
It’s taken a while, but the premise of that book is now being used to develop a sitcom.
In the era of Netflix and chill, one thing has become apparent: we heathens love us some entertainment. And there’s a lot to love out there. Maybe we could have done without that whole 50 Shades fad, but we’re living in a new golden age of television and basking in the brilliance of folks like Tatiana Maslany and Joss Whedon while wondering why Leonardo DiCaprio still doesn’t have an Oscar and hoping against hope that Disney won’t mess up the next Star Wars film and…
And I’m rambling. The point is that we’re a culture that celebrates entertainment as both art and a balm for the soul/escape from boredom, and shamelessly so.
Apparently that’s been very upsetting for founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship Shane Idleson.
Two years ago, I posted about how nomadic fire-and-brimstone campus preacher Brother Jed Smock would soon be starring with his family in a reality TV show. Like any show, there was only promise of a pilot episode (which is no guarantee of a series or that the pilot would even air on television). But it made sense, I guess. Reality TV and fundamentalist Christians go hand in hand. Between Duck Dynasty, the Duggar family, Teen Exorcists, and Snake Salvation, this couldn’t really be worse, could it?
That’s why you’ll all be excited to know the pilot episode of The Book of Jed is now online. In this episode — no joke — “one of Jed’s five daughters brings a boy home from college… it’s a disaster when Jed discovers the boy is secretly an atheist.”
Get ready for the most awkward Netflix and chill session of your life: