The Ninevites were really bad! They were steeped in dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and their men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Until Jonah arrived they did not see fit to acknowledge God, and for decades God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were full of envy, strife, deceit, and maliciousness. They were gossips, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. Though they knew God’s righteous decree – that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only did them but gave approval to those who practiced them. But then they repented when Jonah came and told them that their city would be overthrown; and then Jesus told super churchy people that, “The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment and condemn them, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah.”

That’s kinda how I feel about the creators and cast of Ted Lasso. The show celebrates and endorses a whole lot of insalubrious and deleterious stuff; and yet there is no getting around the fact that the show portrays and promotes accountability (as opposed to victimhood), and forgiveness far more personally and powerfully than most other sitcoms and societies (including church societies). It’s not a stretch to say, “The creators and cast of the tv show Ted Lasso will rise up at the judgement and condemn the American church, for they seemed to have a better understanding of personal repentance and the power of forgiveness.”