The Bachelor and Me

I love The Bachelor. I love the ludicrous set up of the show; as if anyone could really find lasting love in such a situation. I love trying to guess who is going to be kept from week to week. I love seeing what these girls wear and wonder if they really dress like that in their workaday lives. I love the romance the producers think of to make dates for these people. I love the preposterousness of a four on one date. I love the idea of these women all living in the same house, and trying to be “friends” when they are all after the same man. I love making fun of the girls on the show; like the girl on the commercial for this season who says, with her breasts hanging out of her dress, “I really want to be a mom!” followed by a vapid giggle. I love seeing what exotic locale they get to be privy to, and love being a little jealous. I love trying to think how I would act or what I would say if I were in their position.

This is why it’s all the harder that I feel like God is asking me to focus on purity for my mind.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I just quit reading a book because of the cussing in it. I quit watching Supernatural (my other favorite show) because it was getting too lewd. And now, even though I was all revved up for the new season, I feel as if I’m being asked to quit watching The Bachelor as well.

It worked out well that the new virtual Bible study I just joined (thanks for the tip off Mandy!) begins tomorrow. Because seriously, becoming closer to the God of the Universe, the King of Kings, will benefit me more greatly than watching some smutty show. The Bible is full of more titillation and betrayal and drama than anything ABC can provide.

Still, it’s hard to give up a vice. I’m not sure I even want to be that virtuous. Even though I really do.

17 thoughts on “The Bachelor and Me

  1. I hear you… there are some very difficult things that God is pushing me to do this year as well. but ultimately it’s worth a little disappointment and discomfort, isn’t it? i hope… thank you for your honesty and encouragement. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and enjoy seeing your kids and hearing how you apply the Bible to your life!

  2. I can totally relate. A few years ago I felt very convicted about my watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” I really liked the characters but it seemed every single episode was about sexual immorality. I tried to ignore and excuse it but eventually came to the point where I felt I had to stop watching. I missed it at first, but truly feel I made the right decision. There are times when I wonder about the plot line or characters and every now and then have stopped when scrolling through the channels, but each time realize I really am not missing anything and made the right call.

  3. I know what you mean – I love that show too and some other basically trashy ones that I enjoy – but I too am tuning off – I would be very upset if my kids were exposed to even a little of the awful behavior that goes on on my favs – especailly the way women act – I’d hate if Karleigh thought it was okay to “put herself out there” like some of these women do and compromise purity. I also don’t want Luc to think it is ok – to be a man that accepts that or encourages that. Yes, I know they are 9 and 7, but soon…..they will be grown. So I finally “got it” and am tuning out…..

    Thanks for making a point of bringing this up!

  4. I hear ya sister! I dropped all my smutty celeb blogs I was reading and all the reality shows (except Dirty Jobs! haha!). They were just filling my life with all the drama that I just did not need!

  5. Oh Jessica! I am so very impressed with you!
    When the ad came on again tonight my 8 yo said, “Mommy, they aren’t very modest…and why can’t they be patient for God’s choice? They are all chasing after him and only one will win. That must make the others feel bad, like something is wrong with them.” After a little bit she said, “I think I’ll just wait. I want God to choose for me.” Wow.
    I love it when God speaks to me through the mouths of babes.
    I too will be seeking virtue.
    Thank you for your encouragement… Even though you didn’t even know.

  6. It’s so good to hear other women talk about this. last year I gave up Grey’s Anatomy. I know, it is a TERRIBLE show, but I liked it and later felt convicted to quit watching it. God is greater and He has given me stronger contentment in my own life for cutting out that show. I’m proud of you=)

  7. Oh but this is going to be a GREAT season . . . I keep saying I’m not going to watch again, but then they picked the cute Dad that DeAnna dumped. I promise after this time I’m not watching again!

  8. I get that..seriously. I should ‘want’ to do more Godly things. I should ‘want’to put on a candle, drink some tea and sit down with my bible. But I’ll be honest. America’s next top model seems to grad my attention.
    oh if I could only throw our T.V out the window and go all Anne of Green Gables style.

  9. Yeah, it is hard. I’ve had some stuff that I just LOVED over the past few years (Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?) that I was really convicted about and ended up giving up. Good for you for listening to your heart and listening to the Lord!


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