Wheel of Torture

Gary W. Summers

Wheel of Fortune has been one of my favorite syndicated shows for years—that and Jeopardy. Doing well on the Jeopardy questions is fairly difficult since they occasionally have entire categories I’ve never heard of, let alone the answers. But it’s a challenge, and it’s always a pleasure to get some correct that the contestants don’t know. And it’s not just the Bible category where that happens. Wheel is much easier, and I occasionally solve puzzles with only one letter showing. Once the category was TV Shows. It had five blanks followed by four blanks. Before anyone called a letter, I said, Happy Days, which was correct. Lucky guess? Maybe. The show is also worth a chuckle or two now and then. Earlier this year the puzzle was at this stage of being solved: _HE WO_DERS OF _A_URE. A contestant took a stab at the solution—THE WONDERS OF FAILURE. Uh, really? It not only doesn’t make sense; FAILURE does not fit into the spaces provided.

However, for the past two years, for us it has been Wheel of Torture. Disney owns the program, and they enjoy highlighting homosexuality—yes, even in some of their movies. Consequently, some of the players introduce their “partners” of the same sex before the final puzzle, or they talk about their male wife or their female husband during the interview portion of the program. So, every time we watch it, I cringe when the interviews occur. If they announce a relationship with the same sex, we just turn it off for that day. But a few weeks ago, it was just too much. The person who solved the final puzzle (an easy one, by the way) was joined on stage by his male “partner,” where they hugged and kissed.

That’s it. We have determined to watch the program no more. Why should we subject ourselves to such rude displays of perverted affection? Even though we enjoy solving the puzzles, there are plenty of other things to do with one’s time. Nothing says we must watch something so torturous. It is obvious that Disney desires to push the homosexual agenda, but we do not need to place ourselves under their sphere of influence. And the same is true with any other program that includes homosexual characters. Plenty of entertainment is available that does not glorify the grievous sin of homosexuality (Gen. 18:20; Rom. 1:26-28; Jude 7).

Christians can find better things to do. Isn’t our society overloaded with entertainment anyway? They market their products in expert fashion; meanwhile how many Christians cannot find Scriptures they have heard hundreds of times? How many cannot set up a Bible study? If we all took one-half hour an evening to develop ourselves spiritually (say, not watching Wheel of Fortune or something else), think of how much better off we would be.

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