I watched this programme and I was truly inspired. If I am honest, at the beginning I wondered if Deborah was cocooned away from the realities of life but as I watched it more, she obviously has a deep understanding of the gospel and seeing how teenage girls are these days, I cannot say that her parents have done a bad job in shielding her away from some of the distractions of this world. The synopsis of the program is as follows

Documentary about 13-year-old Deborah Drapper, who, unlike other British teens has never heard of Britney Spears or Victoria Beckham. She has been brought up in a deeply Christian family and her parents have tried to make sure she and her ten brothers and sisters have grown up protected from the sins of the outside world.

Deborah is a bright, confident girl who has big ambitions for her life and the film spends a summer with her as she ventures out in the world to see what life outside her family could be and starts putting her beliefs forward to a wider audience.

It would be interesting to hear your views

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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Comments
  1. Rev. Jeff says:

    This is really an amazing documentary of an amazing little girl. I found myself (as a father of six) strangely drawn to her story as told by the BBC here (They do get it right somethimes, and this one is a homerun!)

    Deborah seems to represent something in our children that most of us are missing in the modern world; something that we all long to see again–maybe the loss of something that we as parents (and our churches?) should take greater responsibility for(?)

    She has a deep seriousness that is absent from too many of us today. A sense of her own sin and abject nothingness–but for Christ Jesus in her life! A true humility. An attitude like famous saints of yore possessed–the Finneys, Wesleys, E. M. Bounds, St. Francis, et al. A hurried sense of need to “redeem the time for the days are evil.” That lowering of self-estimation which is then accompanied by an intensified love and concern for others!

    No–she is not unduly cloistered or cocooned, and please do not feel sorry for her. She is the real deal which the fakes and plastic worldly psychobabblers are never able to comprehend!

    I notice that One of the world’s premier atheists in concert subsequently with his mindless blogging minions have taken notice as well of her here on the Internet. She has most evidently stirred their nests!

    May God bless her and keep her pure and holy and separated throughout the rest of her “small dash”–I believe she called it– from this evil world.

  2. Bandit says:

    How is it that her youth would make God’s Word any less meaningful? Who are we to judge who God uses to spread His Word, isn’t it common for Him to choose the meek and humble, and lift them up? Only makes it more evident that it is from God.
    She does still have a misconception of “Hell”, which is common with the churches traditional teachings rather than scripture, but she will see when she studies that issue for herself, and she is teaching in a traditional method as used by churches, rather than how Jesus had taught us to teach, that actually works, and last. But she’ll learn that also, I have faith that God will open her eyes to much more.

  3. Dude says:

    I could have cringed near 4:52 on the 4th video. It makes me wonder what happens when she cracks open the latest text books, looks at reports, or gets into physics. Furthermore,the creationist video with what appeared to be Kent Hovind bothered me as well. It makes me wonder what will become of us Christians 20 years from now.

    However, I was impressed with how Deborah acted for most of video 5(With the decision on dress ,her conviction, and her boldness at the party). She’s inspiring.

    Overall, the show was good.

    • zara says:

      I take it you were referring to her position on the big bang?

      My issue with evolution and the bible is that they both contradict each other. Either one is true and the other a lie, you cannot have both true.
      If God made the world in 7 days and the it was good when did the big bang happen? What about fossilisation? When and how did it occur? It couldn’t have occurred over millions and millions of years because according to the bible death of anything happened after the 7 days of creation when Adam and Eve sinned.

      So maybe Christians should question, not only what the bible says but what the so called text books are telling us. Is it actually fact or fiction!

      I don’t know much of the information about Ken Hovind but the website http://www.answersingenesis.org/ has some interesting views. Maybe it is the so called experts that have been lying to us or is the bible a bunch of fairytales?

      • Yos says:

        He probably was.

        I’d disagree with you on your take regarding evolution and the Bible. As long as you don’t take Genesis literally,it can fit(and it seems to do so nicely). Tell me what you think of Biologos(or Theistic Evolution):

        http://biologos.org/questions/evolution-and-the-fall/

        It helped me make sense of my faith after plenty of ideas that I held in Creationism were shown to be debunked. Now that I’m in college, what I used to view as an obstacle(Evolution) is now part of my major(Biology). If you don’t want to embrace evolution, don’t worry. I’d just recommend developing an understanding on it so that you don’t appear ignorant to others who are well informed about it.Avoiding biased sites(from both sides) would help so you don’t get a misunderstanding of it.

        On another note,when it comes to questioning sources, I do both and feel that it’s a good thing.

        Although I won’t comment on Kent Hovind,right now, I am a tad skeptical about Answers in Genesis. However, the same goes for the people from Aigbusted.blogspot.org (If you feel that your faith is weak,you might want to avoid that site).

  4. darrell says:

    i think its sad that a 13 yr old girl would get that emotionally distressed that she feels that she needs to save us all, im sorry but this is just brainwashing.

    i found the whole program a bit distressing if im being honest, to label someone who has told a little white lie with that of a mass murderer and say that there just as bad as one another is just a ridiculous thing to say.

    the other thing that just doesnt make any sense to me either is, why do we need to ask jesus for forgiveness if god sent him down to be punished for all our sins ? have we not already been forgiven ? and why was the focus of the family dealing with the damnation of society? surely god is supposed to represent everything that is good about mankind, i didnt hear anything of that being preached. look at the puppet show!! instead of telling 2 yr old kids how wonderful god is and look at what he created for us, they told them to repent there sins!! a 2 yr old to repent there sins!!!

    come on people, do you not see anything wrong in that?? my time as a youngster in sunday school was totally different to what was being shown on this program.

  5. Alan Higgins says:

    God dying for our sins does not give everyone automatic forgiveness. Please see my section at the top which says a message to non christians or go to http://www.readthisbeforeyoudie.com. God is good which means that he is also just and that me must punish ALL sin. We may not see lying as anything big but God sees it as a big deal. Within a week or so, I will be writing a blog about the sin of lying so look out for it

  6. Rev. Jeff says:

    Re the Big Bang, fossilization, etc., there is a lot of good information at http://www.icr.org They now have a one page science article that comes out approximatley every other day. In it they scour the latest research that is of relevance to evolutionary theory from all the major disciplines and comment upon it from a creationist perspective. They are really quite informative and demonstrate an instance of use of the “strengths and weaknesses” approach to studying the subjects. They footnote their commentary so you can link off to the original article or research journal, etc., even though its authors may be of an evolutionist bent.

    Fossilization is of more recent provenance than we have supposed before now. The most startling instance of this was the Tyrannosaur soft tissue which was recovered about 5 years ago. Studies still being conducted on this have been kept rather secretive from the public. (going on right here in my own North Carolina.)

    Little Deborah grasps the truth with its deep significance of these matters more than you may believe.

    Rev. Jeff [my degree was in Geology]

  7. Alan Higgins says:

    Thanks Zara for the link. Very interesting listen

  8. zara says:

    Here is a link to her website.

    http://deborahdrapper.com/

    When you listen to the other interviews you see the other side of the story (even though I didn’t think the documentary was that bad by BBC standards)

    She really does but a lot of us to shame.

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