Viewer Discretion Advised

vintage-tv Fox has a new show called “Lucifer” that premiered a week or so ago. The premise for the show, which is actually based on a comic book, is that Satan has grown tired of being lord of hell and has retired to Los Angeles, where he meets up with a detective named, Chloe, and he becomes intrigued by the idea of punishing those who do bad things. This leads Lucifer to a sort of crisis of conscious. Hmmm.

Of course, Lucifer is portrayed as a handsome, charming, and somewhat whimsical man with whom most of us might otherwise want to be friends with. After all, who doesn’t find a fun-loving spirit who wants to help a cop pursue justice attractive? Double hmmmm. There seems to be something wrong with this premise.

Before I dive in any further, I want to make it absolutely clear I believe fully in the right to free speech and artistic license, so I am not condemning Fox for airing this show. It is, however, unlikely I will ever watch an episode. While a TV network has the right to air whatever they wish, within the guidelines of the FCC, I have an equal right to choose not to watch. In the case of this particular show, it didn’t take me but a fraction of a second to decide I would pass.

I certainly understand this show is nothing more than a comic book fantasy and, as such, can be classified as a form of entertainment art. It is not meant, at least on its surface, to be taken seriously. But can a show such as this have negative consequences, whether intentional or not? Can an entertainment art form such as this have a hidden agenda veiled by the very way its whimsical main character is depicted?

To answer those questions, let’s move away from the character portrayed in the TV show to the real Lucifer described to us in the Bible. In John 8:44 we read, “He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” And in Isaiah 14:12: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!”

So in just these two verses alone we see that Lucifer, or Satan, is fallen from heaven; he is a murderer; and he is not just a liar but is, in fact, the father of lies. Think about that last part….“father of lies”. From the very moment he deceived Adam and Eve and precipitated the fall of man, Lucifer has taken every opportunity to trip up humankind, weaving a tangled web of deceit that seeks to convince us that our sinful desires are only natural needs and then, when we fall, he accuses us, often pushing us into a climate of guilt that holds us down in depression and dysfunction. Hardly charming behavior.

Yet it seems Fox’s new TV show would have us believe Satan isn’t that bad of a guy, perhaps he’s even just a bit misunderstood. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Apostle Peter warned us to “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1Peter 5:8) Because I do not want you to be deceived, let me point out a subtle truth in Peter’s words: the devil “prowls around”. Whereas the TV show would have us believe Lucifer was just sitting around hell becoming bored prior to his arrival in LA, the Bible correctly informs us that he is actively on the prowl. This is confirmed in Job 1:7 as well, when God asked Satan: “Where have you come from?” To which Satan answered, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

No, Lucifer most certainly is not sitting idly by in hell. Rather, he is looking for “someone to devour.” Satan thrives on our misfortune. I won’t go so far as to say Satan causes all our problems, but from your last argument with your spouse to world wars to the holocaust, it would not be incorrect to suspect his involvement. So I would caution you right here to think about how inaccurately this TV show depicts Lucifer. And to think about why. After all, would anyone watch a TV show about Lucifer if he was represented as he really is; in all his ugliness and deception? The very word Satan means “adversary”, which is defined as a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks. Fox couldn’t very well market Lucifer that way could they?

Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised that Lucifer is characterized as a handsome, charming young man in this TV show. For the Bible instructs us that “Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2Corinthians 11:14) Lucifer’s goal is to convince you that God is not real, that there is no spiritual truth that applies to all mankind. Indeed, casting doubt about God’s Word has been one of Satan’s main objectives in his efforts to destroy humanity. A TV show painting himself as something better than he is just might be one of his weapons.  So don’t be fooled.

While Lucifer seeks to accuse and to destroy, God is pure and perfect love and his plan of redemption through the shed blood of Christ is available for all. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) If you would like to know more about how to become a Christian, please do not hesitate to contact us at

May God bless you and keep you.

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