A lot of attention has been on the Roloff clan as they prepare to welcome new members into their family on the newest season of TLC's “Little People, Big World.”
Jacob, the youngest Roloff brother, is also garnering attention for his candid views, which he blogs about on Rock & Roloff.
In February, Jacob wrote a blog post that seemed to reveal the reason why he's no longer a part of the show. He took issue with the way the show portrayed him and his family:
Filming is the raw material, production is when they create a story. Obviously I was a brat sometimes, which would be abnormal if I wasn't, but Created Character Jacob from Little People Big World was a brat in totality. Not just simply acting bratty, like normal; production redefined his humanhood to Brat. They did the same tricks with my whole family. I posted once that, "the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters. [...]
Obviously what I meant was that the Characters everyone sees on TV are merely the product of a group of folks in LA editing raw footage into a story that sells. Dad: Creative; Mom: Controlling; Zach: Angry; Molly: Smart (okay that one is on point); Jeremy: Adventurous; and Myself: Brat.
And in a post written in April, Jacob slammed the religion his family practices — Christianity.
Jacob's older twin brothers, Zach and Jeremy Roloff, are devout Christians.
In fact, Jeremy and his wife, Audrey, have a website called Beating 50 Percent, which focuses on how to have a successful marriage and how their Christianity guides them through their lives together.
Jacob, however, said he has three problems with modern Christianity.
Jacob takes issue with Christianity's:
- Damaging sense of superiority over all other belief systems.
- Rather severe lean to a literal understanding of spiritual things and scripture, namely of course, the Bible.
- Refusal to even recognize other mystics or gods.
Jacob compared Christianity to other religions and bashed those who live by the Bible, particularly for their belief that the only way a person can be saved is by “repenting and admitting what an awful person you are.”
Towards the end of the post, Jacob answers the question, “Are you Christian,” by saying:
“After coming to know Christianity through leaving it, I wish more than ever that I could call myself one, but alas I cannot, and I feel no rush to choose a replacement. After all, Jesus didn't need Jesus, or Christianity, to save himself from his sins, and neither do you. He needed only a glimpse of God and his unifying presence to know the truth and live it plainly.”
It is not known whether Jacob's outspoken views on Christianity have caused a ripple in his relationship with his family.