Theology Lessons from “Empire”

(Empire / Fox Broadcasting)
(Empire / Fox Broadcasting)

I admit it. I watch Empire. I love to tune in.  I think part of me loves the music, but another deeper part of me loves the depth of the show. Most people were very angry about the turn of events last night. Many fans feel the show has jumped the shark.  On the contrary, the show is diving head first into the moral struggle of good versus evil in the spirit realm and how it manifests itself in  the real world.

For those of you who do not know the  pop culture sensation, the show revolves around music mogul Luscious Lyon, his three sons and ex-wife.

Last night one of the main characters, Andre, Lucious Lyon’s oldest son decided to find salvation and repent for all of his sins and submit to baptism.

The devil reigns over the flesh with the lures of pleasure.

This week’s episode opened up with Andre being welcomed into a den of iniquity. Literally, a hedonistic all out party arranged by his father greeted him in the main conference room. Andre’s look was priceless. He didn’t want to reject his father, but he didn’t want to participate in the show. This is the battle all of us deal with everyday at work, at home and in our lives. People are drinking, drugging and having wanton sex and we know the cost of damnation. Andre’s soul is in peril and he is ready to change his ways and his father’s actions confirmed it.

Evil despises light in any form and rejects it.

Later on in the episode, Andre delivers the news that he is being baptized and wants to make amends with his father. He confesses to his father his infractions against him. Luscious shrugs off his son’s confession and informs him that he can believe whatever he wants just not in his presence or on company grounds. Most of us deal with this in some form. It may be a client’s product which you find ethically repulsive. It may be a philosophy of a team member that you reject. Your positive personal beliefs may be scorned, laughed at and negated.

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SOURCE: Chicago Defender – Oretha Winston