My teenager daughter has a boyfriend, she likes Facebook, MSM, electric guitar, Girls Aloud, make-up, Hollyoaks, sleepovers with her friends and shopping- she would call herself a Christian, but doesn’t sound much like Deborah Drapper. Deborah is 13, has never heard of Britney Spears or Victoria Beckham (no loss there), and has been brought up away from the influence of celebrity culture and reality TV. On 10th March BBC Three will be broadcasting Deborah 13:Servant of God which will follow the teenager stepping out into the wider world to see what life is like outside her family as she puts her beliefs forward to a wider audience. The programme aims to explore the difference between the upbringing of a typical teenager and that of one where traditional family values and a religious upbringing form the foundation of family life. I will be watching with my teenage daughter and I am sure by the end of it we will still by asking ourselves “what is typical?” and “what does it mean to live a Christian lifestyle in 2009?” I wonder if Jesus were here today would he be connected with or disconnected from teenager culture?
Deborah 13: servant of God is broadcast on Tuesday 10th March at 9pm on BBC Three