A Talking Dead Guy

I don’t watch South Park.

I used to watch South Park.

Haven’t felt compelled to do so for the past few years.

Not moralizing, just stating fact.

For moralizing, check out this bit from Time mag,

Is South Park the Most Moral Show On TV?

Interesting observation to say the least. I am not at this moment concerned with the validity/invalidity of the writer’s conclusion.

At the end of the article, the writer quotes some lines from the episode, words that are worth some commentary:

“I’ve made billions off of Christian ignorance for decades now!” brags Evil Mickey. “And do you know why? Because Christians are retarded! They believe in a talking dead guy!”

Well not really. Yes, we believe in a ‘guy’ that died. No, in the 3 days He was dead, His body did not produce speech. Of course, after He rose from the dead, He spoke, ate, and underwent a physical courtesy of Thomas, one of His disciples (see below)


Granted, if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead, the Christian faith would be based on a lie and thus be worth as much as a pile of σκύβαλα. The Apostle Paul pointed this out circa 55 AD,

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:16-19, emphasis mine

Truly, there are many ‘talking dead guys’ (and gals) walking around.

Christian, when is the last time you respectfully spoke to any of them about the living hope you now have through Our Lord’s Resurrection?

For many of us, the answer to that question is as shameful as any episode of South Park.

3 Responses to A Talking Dead Guy

  1. breeze says:

    nice post.

    do you think He really got the physical? the painting shows us so…but i think gjohn leaves it ambiguous at least. i’m inclined to think He didn’t. seems like thomas talked a big game, and then when the time came…he backed off his promise to touch and hit his knees. just a thought. see ya tomorrow morning.

  2. jakes says:

    In what sense would you view South Park shameful?

    Laz: The only time I called it shameful was in a comparison. In the sense that a Christian neglecting to share the hope he has is shameful. In the sense that Christians are quick to point out (and in some cases boycott) the sins (perceived or otherwise) of others, all the while neglecting to give credit to the Savior and the hope which He has brought.

    Sure enough, they use crude humour and lots of expletives, but are they used for only shock value? The Evil Mickey episode was supposed to portray Disney as a power-hungry corporation, surely that is a palpable fact. If you were to view the manner in which the message was brought forth as ‘shameful’, then wouldn’t you be suggesting that nudity in artwork, for instance, is a ‘shameful’ thing? Just my 2 cents.

    Laz: My intent with this post was not to argue for the virtue/sin of South Park

  3. Chy says:

    I think the idea that southpark is moral is actually not very far fetched. If you seek to see past the low brow humor aimed at the younger crowd and look at the bigger ideas they present. (dont get me wrong I’m not trying to defend hanky the christmas poo or really in truth alot of the earlier seasons) I dont know who said it ,but i heard it just recently, “southpark has a dirty mind, but a heart of gold.”
    Furthermore i find that they try to portray both sides of an argument with a lot more conviction then most legitimate media outlets.

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