In my opinion, the best television show of 2013 was Breaking Bad, which ended its six-year run this past September on AMC.
For those you unfamiliar with the show, Breaking Bad follows Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who finds himself overwhelmed with a special needs teenager, a pregnant wife, mounds of debt, and a recent diagnosis of cancer. He becomes so overwhelmed that he hits a boiling point and decides to put his chemistry talents to use by cooking meth to help his family out of their financial crisis.
The reason Breaking Bad was my choice as the best show of last year was because it accomplished something few television shows do: it stuck the landing. The final episode was one of the best endings I’ve seen for a series, as it did a great job of wrapping up the major storylines. However, Breaking Bad is so much more than the way it ended. The show is one of the best examples of sin I’ve seen depicted. It plays out what James 1:13-15 says:
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
As the show progressed, we saw Walter’s life and almost every life he touched erode around him including his family as a result of his sin. We saw how sin can gestate and evolve within a person to a point where they can become completely toxic if it’s not dealt with.
Additionally, Walter attempted to justify his sin throughout the show by saying he was doing it all for the good of his family. It wasn’t until the end Walter finally had the revelation of truth he so desperately needed as he stopped trying to justify his sin and admitted that his sin was a selfish act. He realized he sinned for his own gratification, not for the good of his family.
As men, there is so much we can learn from Walter White. Our sin doesn’t just affect us, but it affects those around us including our families. Your porn addiction affects others. Your drinking affects others. Your anger affects others. Your materialism affects others. More importantly, look at where you might be dealing with sin in your life and see how you are justifying it. Don’t keep justifying your sin until its too late. Confess it. Own it. Admit it for what it truly is: sin. Learn from the life Walter White before its too late. Don’t let your sin become toxic.