Friday I made a point of watching the new NBC show The Book Of Daniel. I wasn't sure how to take the show, there are some good things about it but I am afraid that there isn't enough to redeem the show beyond it being a knock off of Desperate Housewives.
The Book Of Daniel is about Daniel, an Episcopal minister and his dysfunctional family. In my opinion the writers went over the top in an apparent attempt to portray "real" life. With the possible exception of Daniel, most of the characters live their lives with very little impact from their faith.
The Book Of Daniel highlighted the fact that we all struggle with sin and sometimes fall, that point was brought out all too well. I feel that there was a lack of any real tension between the high ideals of a life of faith and the reality of the human condition. Only Daniel seemed to be walking the tightrope of faith, balanced on a thin line that one could easily fall from. Daniel seems to be the only one who struggles with his human nature and his desire to have a relationship with Jesus, whom Daniel has conversations with on a regular basis.
The one redeeming thing about The Book Of Daniel is the message of love and compassion that Daniel demonstrates as he works through the many issues his family struggles with and his ongoing relationship with Jesus.
Peace, Love, and Light through Jesus the Christ!