Problems With the Chosen TV Show

Written by Josiah Nichols

June 26, 2024

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Some problems with “The Chosen” TV show include feminism and influencer ideology.

Introduction

As a student of the Bible, I have a number of problems with the Chosen TV show. One problem I addressed with a family member of mine is that the show is too 21st century. They responded with “What is ‘too 21st century’?” That is an excellent question. One thing we must understand is the Bible was written 2,000 years ago. They had different ideologies 2,000 years ago than we do today in the 21st century. When we want to have an authentic Jesus, as the show says it promotes, it must be in a first century mindset. Unfortunately, we do not have an authentic Jesus, The Chosen TV show gives us a relatable Jesus. This article will address some of the ideologies which are pushed in the show which are not in the Bible.

Feminism

The first ideology is feminism. At the base level, feminism teaches women are basically the same as men. There are truths feminism gets right and wrong about women. By right and wrong I mean right according to biblical ideologies and wrong by the same measure.

What feminism gets right is women are viewed as the same worth as men. Both are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Both receive the inheritance of eternal life and spiritual gifts (Galatians 3:28). Women were named disciples of Christ and the first ones to see the resurrection (Matthew 28).

The problem with feminism that contradicts the Scripture is that it seeks to destroy the classes of men and women where “gender roles” are a societal construct. That is alien to the Bible and the first century world. Women were created to be a help for their husbands, bear children, and submit to husbands (Genesis 2:18-24, 3:20, Ephesians 5:22-24). Also, women were unclean during their period and after childbirth (Leviticus 12). In the New Testament women were not allowed to be pastors, elders, or deacons who held an office over men (1 Timothy 2:8-15, 3:1-13).

First Century Role of Women

1st Century Judaism would not allow women to give testimony in court. There was a separated place in the temple for women to worship. Women could be divorced for burning one’s meal, looking less attractive than another woman, or arguing with their husband. It was hard for women because they depended upon men to care for them. Women outside of Judaism could not receive an inheritance from their father. Women in Judaism could only receive an inheritance if there were no brothers to inherit it. Women’s honor in society was held up in bearing children.

Further problems with Feminism

Since feminism erases the roles of men and women is society, it creates further problems for Christians. By calling men and women the same, the movement that claims to help women has hurt them. The logical next step from saying men are the same as women is men can be women. That is the reasoning behind men being in women’s restrooms. If men are the same as women, then they should be able to get surgeries which make them look like what they want to look like. Therefore, men should be able to compete in women’s sports, beauty pageants, etc. Transgender ideology is the ugly child of feminism. In fact, so is homosexuality and the gender ideology.

Problems the Bible has with Both Ideologies

  • “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5, ESV).
  • “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27, ESV).
  • 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22, ESV).
  • 1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,  (1 Peter 3:1–5, ESV).

Feminism in the Chosen

So where can find feminism in The Chosen? It is in every episode. Here are some specific examples.

  •  Mary Magdaline hosts a Sabbath Supper and leads it. Season 1, Episode 2
  •  An Ethiopian woman directs the healing of the paralyzed man, orders people around, and Jesus calls her faith beautiful. Season 1, Episode 6
  •  Mary Magdaline goes on a drinking spree and Jesus does not call her to repentance. Season 2, Episodes 5&6
  • Tamar, the Ethiopian woman tastes olive oil by Zebedee and says it tastes like feet, insulting him. No ancient culture would have allowed that. Season 3, Episode 4

There are so many more scenes of feminism in The Chosen TV show. However, for the sake of space we will not go over them all.

Influencer Ideology

Influencer ideology is the philosophy of doing things to get people to like you. For people on social media, they will post content online to get the most likes. Women are usually seen posting sensual videos of themselves, while men are usually doing something to shock others. Sometimes people rant about things they do not like. Other times people do disturbing things. The main idea is to get as many people to like you as possible.

Problems with Influencer Ideology

In a world where there is no internet, there were no influencers to get likes. Yes, kings had subjects, magicians, and poets to entertain them and the wealthy. However, influencers would not have existed in the ancient world.

God had prophets. Yet, prophets were not influencers. Instead of trying to get people to like them, the prophets were trying to get people to repent and follow God. Instead of likes, they were beaten, stoned, and killed in gruesome ways like being sawn in two. John the Baptist was beheaded because he obeyed God’s command to tell Herod to repent of his idolatry.

John the Baptist Was Not an Influencer

While John the Baptist was not an influencer in the Bible, he is depicted as such in the Chosen. The Chosen has him stand up to the Pharisees financial hypocrisy to get support from his “followers.” Jesus and John the Baptist argue in season 2 episode 5 for telling Herod to repent of his incestuous marriage. Then Jesus tells John the Baptist he has not come to do that just yet. The reason John the Baptist gives for confronting Herod is that his followers will love it. It is unbiblical, anti-first century thinking which one cannot read into the Scriptures.

Conclusion

Finally, remembering the Bible was written 2,000 years ago should make us wary of shows which insert 21st century ideology into the Bible. Inserting alien ideas into the Bible is called eisegesis–inserting into the text. When we insert alien ideas into the Bible, we miss God’s message for our lives. We miss the truth that Jesus is fully God and fully man, who lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and rose from the dead to give newness of life to all who repent from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus was sinless. He never failed, unlike the Chosen TV show where he lets his followers die, suffer from debilitating diseases, stay mentally disabled, and is told he sinned when he was at the temple. No, Jesus was sinless. He never failed. That is why we can trust Him to save us from our sins. This is why I do not recommend the Chosen TV show. See my previous article on the subject of “The Chosen” for more discussion of the problems I see in seasons 1-3.

More From Striving For Eternity

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