How This Khloé Kardashian REVENGE BODY Episode Missed the Mark
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
In the first episode of season three of REVENGE BODY WITH KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN, one contestant who wants to honor God with his sexuality reframes his thinking after he hears that being bisexual is okay with God.
While you may not be familiar with this E! reality series, you most likely are familiar with the Kardashian family.
However, regardless of what you think of the polarizing Kardashian family, REVENGE BODY does accomplish some good.
Contestants who are actively seeking to make a change in their lives apply for the show and once accepted, get to working out with celebrity trainers and eating right over the course of 12 weeks.
The premiere episode of season three, which aired earlier in July, kicks off with Deeran, a young man who struggles with his sexual identity as he tries to honor the Lord with his lifestyle choices.
In the episode, Deeran tells host Khloé Kardashian, “I go to church a lot because it provided something for me which I didn’t have a lot of growing up, and that was guidance.”
He went on to say that he didn’t feel accepted and that the church would only accept Him without a spot or blemish and his sexuality is this so-called “blemish.”
“So, what does that mean?” he asks through tears.
To help “ease” Deeran’s mind, Khloé sets up a meeting with Deeran and a local Los Angeles church elder to discuss his reservations with accepting the fact that he’s bisexual and trying to please God.
“The Lord can do anything, even change your desires,” Deeran says as he posits that he hopes his attraction to both men and women will disappear.
One of the church elders rightly says, “God loves you,” to encourage Deeran.
Moments later, the lead pastor of the church enters.
“My biggest concern is, you’re afraid of condemning who you are, cause you think God condemns part of who you are, and I need you to know that that’s not the case,” the pastor says.
The pastor then suggests that his attractions aren’t sinful because love is not a sin.
At the end of each episode, contestants have a “reveal” for someone they’re trying to get revenge on so that they can see their progress and hopefully deal with wounds from the people who might have hurt them in previous circumstances.
In the episode, Deeran looks for acceptance from his father. When he tries to tell him that he’s bisexual, his father leaves the conversation and the reveal party.
Put plainly, the reason this episode misses the mark is because of the warped theology it promotes.
At one point during an interview with Khloé, Deeran says, “I try to live my life as close to the Bible as I can.”
Khloé, responds, “I am a Christian, I am super spiritual. I don’t think Jesus and God makes mistakes.
“For you, fully accepting who you are is also having faith in God and knowing that He made you that way for a reason,” Khloé continues.
While she’s correct in posing that Jesus is a perfect God, incapable of making mistakes, she fails to acknowledge that the heterosexuality within the context of marriage was God’s design for humankind.
Deeran I love you!!!!! You are such a strong, courageous, beautiful soul!!! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise #RevengeBody
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) July 8, 2019
Even further, Deeran’s early comment in the episode conveys that he might not understand the Gospel entirely.
While it’s true that he might have a “blemish,” Jesus came to free the world of all our shortcomings and longings that don’t align with His intentions. Therefore, we no longer need to feel the burden of sin but rest on the life, death and resurrection of our Savior (Romans 5:8, Gal. 5:20-21).
At the close of the episode, Deeran thanks Khloé for “freeing” Him, something that unfortunately he failed to realize Christ already did on the Cross.
The sad truth is that Deeran’s story is like so many others. While he was seeking truth, he received something that pandered to the ideology of culture rather than that of biblical wisdom.
That’s why it’s so paramount that we invest in the word of God to find the real peace that ultimately only it can bring.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)