*This post is dedicated to the West Coast Empire Scandalites who encourage me to laugh loud with their hysterics every week ♥
First, Let me say that I giggled when my daughter said during the first episode, “Mom, Empire is a family show.” She saw the family unit and connected with that first before judging the lifestyle of each character and looking at the flaws of the said characters.
Now, please understand that there is always a ‘teachable’ moment in everything. And, I am not being led to shelter my kids from the things of this world, but to give then wisdom concerning those things. So we watched…
As we watched, I thought about it and reflected on the many black families that have dealt with much of the plight reflected each Wednesday on Empire from stereotypes to worldly expectations, self doubt, lack of trust and more.
Yes, I believe the Empire family does not falsify real life, nor does it build that fantasy lie of the picket fence and perfect marriage and children. Somebody may have to offer her life in return for all.
Empire is real life for so many and I am certain many of us can find a part of us in one of the characters. And, before we even try to judge, remember that we are only saved by grace so please, do not boast.
What is it about “Empire,” and the music moguls that has us tuned in like it’s our family and our story? Is it the ability to connect to the characters? The strength being displayed? The honest thought that God is real and is a miracle worker? That God loves everyone regardless of sex, creed, religion or even the bad choices made? Or maybe the importance of owning who we are?
The appeal of “Empire” is widespread. I’ve heard that roughly 15 million people watch every week and, that is not by chance (Nothing just happens) . Could this be the show to bridge the gap between Black’s and Non Black’s? God does work mysteriously you know? I only say this because I have some non black friends tuned in and loving it and are actually able to discuss it in a civil manner and are starting to connect and become well, “Aware.”
Yes, I’m fully aware of the negative comments floating around about the show. And, though I am NOT a fan of Fox, I will say that Empire is touching on a lot of issues within the black community. Christian beliefs, homophobia, mental illnesses, family disfunction, etc. In our community, many of these issues are swept under the house (forget a rug) or sealed behind double bolted doors.
So, to the naysayers or those who insist that the Saints should not engage in watching certain programming, I will allow Jesus to stoop down, and with His finger write on the ground and stand up to say, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone.”
I’m not sure why I was lead to watch this program, but, it has given me a lot to consider. Yes, I said “led,” since I am a friend Of God and all of my steps are ordered.
Now, “I encourage you to have an Empire state of Mindfulness!”
Move Forward In Righteousness XOXO ❤