Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Cartoonish Faith

This cartoon popped up in my Facebook news feed today. I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

Sadly, how many American Christians (I can only speak of American Christians because that's who I know) have a faith not so distant from Carl's?  I'm not perfect, but I try to be nice.  God's my co-pilot.  And sure, my boss is a Jewish carpenter.

Let's investigate Carl's language.  Sure, we're not perfect, but have you ever heard of ethics, of striving to live a holy life?  "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).

God is your co-pilot?  So that means you're in charge, and if things go bad, God can help you out of a jam.  But the rest of the time, God should just sit back and not interfere with your life?  So you're interested in a lifeguard, not a Lord.

Finally, if Jesus is your boss, who's your Savior?  The connotation of "boss" is one who directs and controls - not one whose death and resurrection are the cosmic events that narrate the salvation of the world.                                                                               

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