Spiritual Practice


Cara Sanders, 16

Glee is one of the best shows on television. It doesn’t fit the mold of most high school dramas, which are stereotypical and way off base. Glee presents what really happens during a teenager’s high school experience.

“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?”
Luke 7:31 (NRSV)

Take, for example, Rachel, the unappreciated diva; she is her own person, and she doesn’t change for anyone. Quinn is a stereotypical cheerleader, with a twist: She’s president of the Celibacy Club—and she’s pregnant. Finn, Quinn’s boyfriend and captain of the football team, is both handsome and intelligent—everyone’s dream boy.

Drugs, sex, and alcohol are discussed; but they don’t take center stage. Glee does a great job of showing that although kids have faults, they do the best they can with the decisions they have made. It presents religion and morality without being pushy and obnoxious.

God plays a big role in my life—and in Quinn’s, before and after she gets pregnant. I have learned, not only in church but also from shows like Glee, that God is with us and helps us to cope. Especially in tough times, we can rely on God never to let us down.

Glee is my favorite show. Every week, I get to spend an hour with eight kids whose experiences and feelings are similar to my own.


SCENE IT? What movie or TV show is most like your life experience? What has it taught you about God?

—from devozine (September/October 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.
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