Everybody Loves Raymond My favorite sitcom, if you can say that I have one, is “Everybody Loves Raymond”. This family is dysfunctional. The show revolves around the main character, Ray Barone. He’s a successful sportswriter living in New York with his wife Debra. They have 4 children, their daughter Ally who is eight years old, and their four year old twins, Geoffrey and Michael. The funniest part of the show is the Ray’s parents, Frank and Marie, who can’t let go of Ray. They live directly across the street from Ray and Debra.
Ray’s brother, Robert, is a police officer. He lives in the shadow of Ray’s successful career and life. The show is very comical and does display what I feel to be a true look at what a family life is like; however, to me it shows the situations from a Christian’s view point, which is something that you don’t see too often on the television. There are three reasons why I say that this show presents a Christian worldview. One is because the family is very close. Another is because they are very aware of the decisions they make and how they will affect others.
Thirdly, because their decisions made of what is right and wrong are based on what the bible says are right and wrong. The first thing we will look at today is the closeness of their family. Raymond and Debra, as I stated earlier live across the road from his mother and father. The mother and father are always coming over and feel very comfortable doing so. Sometimes they even come in without knocking. Although there are tensions between Debra and Marie, Debra is always trying to live up to Marie’s expectations, as is Raymond.
Debra and Raymond love each other very much and it is very evident. The story is about their struggles, but never do you hear them talk about divorce. It is as if that is not an option. They have their problems, true, but they work through them and stay together. That is the Christian way. Christians believe what the Bible says in Matthew 19:6 about marriage, “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. “
The second thing that helps me know the show is based on Christian principles is because they are very aware of the decisions they make and how they will affect others. I remember a specific episode where Raymond had made a remark that could be construed as a racial comment. When he told Debra what he said, she jumped all over him and told him that that was racial and that he needed to apologize to the little boy’s dad. He did and then made another comment. It ended up that Debra had to apologize to the man for Raymond’s actions.
Most of the shows begin with one of them making a horrible error in judgment, but it ends with them making things right. This is the Christian way. In Matthew 5:23-24, the bible tells us, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you; leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. ” So just like this scripture says, if we do something wrong, according to the bible we have to make things right. That is something that on this show, they do A LOT of.
The third and final way that we can know this show involves a Christian prospective is because their decisions are made of what is right and wrong based on what the bible says is right and wrong. There was an episode where their little girl, Ally, stole a candy bar from the store. Debra found out about it when they got in the car. She told Ally that taking things that don’t belong to her was stealing and it was wrong. She made her go back in the store and pay the lady for the candy bar. The Bible says in Exodus 10:15, “You shall not steal. ” It doesn’t waiver left or right.
Stealing is stealing! That is why, as usual, she made Ally do the right thing. So as you can see their basis of what is right and wrong is based on Biblical principles. In conclusion, Everybody Loves Raymond is a show that outlines what a Christian worldview is; a closeness with each other, always being aware of what you are doing and how it affects others and basing you idea of what is right on the Bible. The actors on this show make a lot of mistakes and they have to suffer the consequences of those mistakes, but in the end, they always do what the bible says they should do.
Their idea of what family is lines up with what a family truly is. Families are not perfect. They have their fusses and their fights, but they never give up on each other. They love to the end. That is what I believe is portrayed in this sitcom. It’s not always pretty, but is family life always pretty? Life happens. It is how you react to that “life” that matters. If we want to display Christian values, then we have to do what the bible says do in any situation presented to us; and that is just what I believe this sitcom does.