Chip and Joanna Gaines may not vocally express their faith on the home fix-it cable TV show "Fixer Upper," but The Gospel Coalition author Lauren Hansen believes it shows through in the cleanness of their show's content, the nature of their work, and their attitudes toward each other.
For being a cable TV show, "Fixer Upper" earns a surprising rating of TV-G. Rather than screaming and swearing at each other to boost its ratings because people supposedly prefer crassness and vulgarity, the Gaines treat each other with love and respect.
NATURE OF THEIR WORK
Hansen compares the nature of Gaines work, in a sense, to the nature of Christ's work. The Gaines take homes that are the shattered and decayed reflection of broken lives and remake them into dream homes. Christ takes our shattered and decayed lives steeped in sin and redeems us back into the image of Himself rather than letting us disappear into dust. The Gaines also embrace the creativity that God has given them as a reflection of His own creativity with the universe. They find joy in the details of the world around them and value hard work and craftsmanship in an era where people are getting more and more consumed with themselves.
ATTITUDES TOWARD EACH OTHER
The Gaines laugh a lot together and take time out of their busy schedule to create beautiful memories for their kids. Rather than being background features, their four children are included in every episode. The Gaines' attitude can also be seen in how they treat their clients, getting to know them so they can truly honor their desire to have a house transformed into a beautiful home.
According to BillyGraham.org, Chip himself has addressed the nature of Faith in "Fixer Upper," saying "...we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we’ve glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day.”
And despite bucking the "shock and gross out" formula of many other reality TV shows, "Fixer Upper" continues to draw 3 to 5 million viewers each week.