Relax, it’s not really Jesus (or Tim)

I’m not sure how many Christians were upset with that skit, but it could quite possible serve as a litmus test for whether or not you have a sense of humor. In the process of making people laugh, however, the folks at SNL also managed to hit on a number of important issues.

  • Expressions of faith in the public sphere: when are they genuine, when are they over the top, when are they vain?
  • Does Jesus really care about football (or country music, beauty pageants, etc.) ?
  • Does God intervene in response to prayer requests about anything and everything?
  • If Jesus does intervene, does that over-ride human will, ability, etc. Does Jesus always win?
  • What is the role of human preparation and participation in securing a good outcome?
  • Is prayer a short-cut around proper preparation?
  • Can our expressions of faith ever be too much (or too cheesy) for Jesus?
  • Does there come a point when pointing to Jesus after every touchdown or thanking him after every award and so on becomes like the Pharisee that prays on the street corner to draw attention to himself?
  • Is there a huge disconnect between what Jesus did and taught and what his people believe?
  • If Jesus showed up when you were talking about him, would he affirm what you are saying or correct you?
If you can get beyond being offended, or thinking it’s just a joke, there are substantive questions raised in the skit. The questions hit on some of the claims of Christians that seem incredible, if not outright silly, to others. They also raise important questions about the relationship between God and the everyday, mundane, events that govern our lives.
Watch the clip again. Only this time, right down all the theological questions you hear being expressed in the skit. How would you answer them? Are they questions that you have, too?
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2 thoughts on “Relax, it’s not really Jesus (or Tim)

  1. I had the same thoughts when I saw this clip. These questions about how prayer works have been rolling around in my head for quite a while and SNL did a great job expressing them. Now if they could do a follow up skit and answer them for me, that’d be great!

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