Devious Diversions – Joker and Monty Python
Key Bible Verse: But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don’t think of ways to indulge your evil desires. – Romans 13:14
Bonus Reading: 1 John 2:15-16
In the movie Batman, Jack Nicholson’s Joker has more fun by far than anyone else, leading audiences to appreciate and remember this psychotic murderer more than any of the good guys.
Another surprising example of the glorification of evil is a Bibleman episode in which the Scripture-quoting hero is boring compared to the villain, who gets to star in his own MTV-like video. After watching this show, my children couldn’t quote any of the Bible verses, but danced around singing over and over, “I am the prince of pride; I’ve got an ego ten miles wide!”
The concern of today’s Bonus Reading is the heart. John doesn’t say that we can’t view or listen to anything that comes from worldly artists, but he does say we’re not to love the lust and pride in them, and often presented by them.
So I can split my sides with my friends and older children as we enjoy the unique, insightful humor in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, while skipping scenes like the “virgins in the castle” and the cartoons depicting God.
I can expose those examples of inappropriate humor by explaining to my family and others why those parts are wrong, and in doing so we can enjoy a spiritual benefit as well as a good laugh.
—Dave Swavely in Who Are You to Judge?
My Response: I’ll plan to lead an informal evaluation of the next movie or TV show we watch together.
Thought to Apply: Indifference to evil is complicity with evil.—Sourcer Unknown
Adapted from Who Are You to Judge? (P & R Publishing, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, transform my life by renewing my mind in accordance with Your good and perfect will.