Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christian vs. Christ Follower

Here's a Christian spoof of the Mac vs PC commercial:

(via and also)

I do detect a note of anti-intellectualism in this parody. Who needs books, why not just follow Christ? But you have to understand what the Bible says in order to understand God, to fully grasp the message of His word. He gave us teachers to help us and I don't think his gift should be mocked:

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers
Updated to add: I thought about this some more and I write about it here.

Updated again: Boar's Head Tavern has some background on the video and links to the guy who plays Christian and the pastor of the church that produced the videos.

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  1. Moonshadow said...
    The video perpetuates a false dichotomy between knowing the Faith and living the Faith.

    Living and knowing, knowing and living build mutually upon each other.

    Read what Lewis wrote on the cardinal virtue of "prudence", especially the final line. (Personally, I take heart in the "very second-rate brain" bit):

    Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it.

    Because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are 'good,' it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding.

    St Paul points out [that] Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence. On the contrary, He told us to be not only 'as harmless as doves.' but also 'as wise as serpents'.

    He wants a child's heart, but a grown-up's head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have.

    The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not.

    The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old.

    It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

    God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers.

    If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.

    But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.

    That is why, an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.

    michele said...
    Excellent quote! I think it's much harder to be a Christian when you really don't understand what the terms mean. What does worship really mean? What about glory? How do you understand either without spending some serious time the OT. But how many Christians today have actually read the OT? I wonder if the Christ follower has?
    Moonshadow said...
    How do you understand either without spending some serious time the OT.

    The perennial question is, "How much of it carries over to us?"

    This "continuity question" comes up in my Talmud study all the time.

    Christians answer in varied ways, hence our distinctives, liturgical and otherwise.

    Perhaps this video is mocking either extreme. My assumption that the scruffy "Mac guy" was supposedly in the right ... might be wrong.
    michele said...
    No, the MAC guy is considered "Community" go to the links and read the actor's blog entries. The MAC guy was the good guy.

    And there is much that is needed from the OT to fully understand that NT as we've seen in our Revelation study. But no only that but it's important to see that Christ is the fulfillment of the covenants of Abraham and David. It proves that our God is a covenant keeping God and worthy of praise for his faithfulness.

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