for lack of something better to say….

a random thought: those of you who go to Christ Community Church have heard Pastor John’s sermon on the third Commandment: Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Pastor John, said, among countless other things, that one way we break this is by using God’s name in jokes, or in goofiness. While I was thinking over this, it suddenly struck.

Any good, Plugged-In reading Christian is appalled by modern animated films. They get all up in the air over how bad terrible animated movies like Over the Hedge, or Ice Age, or Open Season are, and how they never should have let their kids watch them*. But then, they expose their kids to the most blasphemous and ungodly animated films there are. Where do they get them? From the nearest Christian book store, particularly from the (oh no, don’t say it Jacob) VeggieTales aisle.

Let’s face it, which is worse, a rude movie that was made by people who don’t even claim to know God, or a highly irreverent film made by those who claim to love him? I am not defending rude animated movies. I am just asking.

The last VeggieTales I didn’t watch was Moe and the Big Exit. Apparently it was supposed to tell the story of Moses in a format that DreamWorks would consider stupid: the wild west. The terrible mayor of Dodge ball city was making the descendants of Pa Grape work on digging out the Grand Canyon. So Moe is sent to deliver them by God disguised as a charismatic tumbleweed. The moral of the film is following’ directions, and the underlying implications, (whether intentional or otherwise), is that you had better follow God’s directions or your gonna mess his plan up. Let’s face it: films like these are blasphemous.

We Christians have got to realize that kidding around with God’s name is no joke. It’s a sin, forbidden in the ten commandments. If you want to know more about the sermon, just go to trey’s web log. I heard he was going to put something up about it.

rutherford’s piece [peace]: There is as much in our Lord’s pantry as will satisfy all His bairns, and as much wine in His cellar as will quench all their thirst. Hunger on; for there is meat in hunger for Christ: go never from Him, but fash Him (who yet is pleased with the importunity of hungry souls) with a dishful of hungry desires, till He fill you; and if He delay yet come not ye away, albeit you should fall a-swoon at His feet.

*I think just about the only people who make good animated movies these days are of course, Pixar Animation Studios.


  1. #1 by Jennifer Frederick on May 14, 2008 - 6:39 am

    Brave post, Jacob. The only Veggie Tales I have even seen part of is “Moe and the Big Exit”…and I couldn’t stand it. And I’m the one who likes good cartoons, too, so it’s not that it was just boring or childish–it was blasphemous. Thanks for posting.

  2. #2 by amongchosenones on May 14, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Years & years ago the first Veggie Tale movie was really cute & had nothing to do with perverting or twisting scripture. It was “The Grapes of Wrath” & a real cute story about forgiveness. Ecclesiastes 12:11&12 & Revelations 22:18 give warnings to those who add or take away to scripture. If I were those guys, I would be shaking in my shoes for changing the scriptures like they’ve done. I guess it goes back to people with no fear of God or Him being ‘yo bes homeboy.’

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