If you’re lost, I’ve got a bobble-head Jesus
It only costs you to get on your knees. (Dave Matthews Band)
So last night a new episode of 30 Days aired on FX. It was an interesting episode and one I had to mentally prepare myself for. It was about an Athiest living with a family of Christians for 30 days. Whenever a reality show sticks people together who have differing religious views, particularly when one or more is a Christian, you can always count on arguments and stupidity on the part of one or all participants. However, 30 Days is more about expanding the mind rather than creating conflict, so this instance of clashing beliefs wasn’t too bad.
Except when, you know, Mike the Christian drove Brenda the Athiest by the local mega church and then sat there coveting it. I mean, I covet (hello, Anderson Cooper much?) and it’s wrong of me and I need to apologize to God (sorry!) but Mike the Christian commented on how tired he was of being judged (he or Christians in general) for wanting something “nice.” Well, the mega church wasn’t “nice.” It was obscene. I mean, good for you for having a huge congregation but do you need to put them up in something that looks more like a basketball arena than a church? The gist of his statement, at least in the way I understood it, was that he was tired of people calling some Christians on their flashy, showy, money-driven ways.
I had a slight beef with Brenda the Athiest when she asked her youngest, “Do you believe there’s a higher being controlling your life?” Youngest: “No.” Brenda the Athiest: “Who controls your life?” Youngest: “…You!” Ha! That was a funny moment. But in truth, God created free will and gave us all free will (well, if you believe in that sort of thing, which I do), which means you ultimately control your life. Take Sims, for example. You have the option of turning off free will, which means your Sims will just stand there and do nothing until you tell them to go to sleep or use the bathroom or cook dinner. If you leave free will on, your Sims will do whatever they want, like swing on the swing set at three in the morning even though the baby’s diaper seriously needs to be changed, unless you tell them to do something else, like change the baby’s diaper. Sims with free will will eat, sleep, bath, clean up, and care for the kids of their own volition, even if sometimes they need a nudge or reminder.
Which brings me back to Brenda the Athiest’s question. I was a little irritated at her somewhat misinformed question until she revealed (later in the show) that she was a Christian for 27 years. Then I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders because hello, when you stop believing in something, it doesn’t necessarily change the manner of the thing in which you no longer believe.
I just confused myself. At any rate, the episode was well done. Brenda the Athiest braved a Christian radio show at a local Bible university (I think?) and I balked when the host of the show asked Brenda the Athiest what she thought about morality, right and wrong, and other such things. Morality isn’t mutually exclusive to Christianity. You can be a morally upstanding citizen and not believe in God.
The last two things that had me clawing at the screen were Mike the Christian completely and blatantly ignoring someone’s question regarding our currency (if our currency said ‘God does not exist’ would you have a problem with it? I live in AMERICA and our money says IN GOD WE TRUST. Lather, rinse, repeat. For five minutes.) and the whole evolution discussion. I’ll admit it right away, I don’t really know what creationists believe. According to the guy leading a group of creationists through a museum, man and dinosaurs existed at the same time (we’ll ignore that 60-million-year gap). Then there was my favorite “We are not monkeys!” discussion. No, we aren’t monkeys. But we descended from a common ancestor. We have roughly 98% shared or similar DNA with chimpanzees. I am too lazy to do all the Google searches for how the timeline and fossil record look but we aren’t monkeys. Relax.
I believe that evolution and God can and do co-exist. In fact, the presence of evolution proves the existence of God for me. So yes, I yelled these things at my television last night. I’m sure the upstairs neighbors were very happy about that.
Oh, and one last observation before I move onto other things. That Bible-themed theme park? You shouldn’t have to pay to see a reenactment of Jesus being nailed to a cross. Nor should you have to pay to listen to an actor dressed as Jesus (and that actor didn’t even look Jewish!) tell you that you can’t serve God and money. Oh, how I laughed when they showed that little gem.
In the off chance Morgan Spurlock comes to my blog, I have to pose just one question: why didn’t you make Brenda the Athiest tell us why she stopped believing in God? Didn’t it come up at some other point?
And now onto other more delightful topics of conversation. Okay, so Joan of Arcadia? So addicted. I mean, Netflix has been pretty awesome already and last night we watched TWO episodes of Joan of Arcadia instead of one and OH MY GOD THAT KISS WAS PERFECT. With the feathers fluttering down and his hand on her hip and all the chaos and BAM. Kissing.
I guess that’s all I have to say for now. Cheers!