Last week, Hemant wrote that Jim Parsons (below), best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, was going to play God in a Broadway adaptation of The Last Testament. He had noted at the time that it probably wouldn’t sit well with Christian conservatives.
Michael Cantrell, writer for the website Young Conservatives, seems to be eager to illustrate the truth of that prediction. In a piece entitled “Big Bang Theory Star Just Made A TON Of Christians Very Angry” — that actually only quotes a single angry writer (in addition to Cantrell’s own commentary) — he leaves little doubt of the direness of the situation.
If you’re a Christian and a fan of The Big Bang Theory, prepare to be infuriated by actor Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon on the popular television show.
Parson’s is set to star in a new Broadway play where he basically mocks God and riffs on Bible passages.
Not cool, Mr. Parsons. Not cool at all.
If Cantrell finds this infuriating and shocking, I can only guess he’s never actually watched The Big Bang Theory… since Parsons’ character is not shy about ripping fundamentalist Christianity at all. Or maybe he’s okay with knocking the staff, but thinks critics should leave the Boss alone. Either way, this just isn’t cool, he tells us.
But, rest easy, Cantrell doesn’t want to kill anyone over this. No, really, he wants us to know that: Parsons’ behavior isn’t cool, but he’s cool with it.
I totally believe in free speech and Parsons and [writer David] Javerbaum can say what they want about religion and God. I don’t think their opinion should be silenced, and I certainly don’t think they should be blown to bits over their form of self-expression, despite the fact it deeply offends me as a Christian.
Meanwhile, Cantrell goes on to predict that Parsons will lose Christian fans over this. (Seriously, has he seen the show? I’m thinking most of the people who would boycott the The Last Testament are probably tuning out just due to the name of his popular show. If not that, then certainly after his first crack about Creationism.)
But Cantrell doesn’t want to knock Parsons. Not really. You see, he’s worried about him. Worried for his immortal soul. Worried that Parsons might find himself on the wrong side of perdition, if he doesn’t… well… convert.
Rather than sit here and bash Parsons, I’d rather express my concern for his soul. It clearly says in the Bible God will not be mocked, and as God is a just judge, that puts Parson and others like him in a serious predicament.
His only hope to get out of the mess he’s in is through Jesus. Period.
Which is funny, because while Cantrell “totally” believes in freedom of speech, God, it seems, is a little less liberally minded. Cantrell, while being highly offended by Parsons’ role, realizes that he doesn’t deserve to be harmed; but Cantrell’s God? Well, God plans to torture him forever and ever. Because, you know, he’s a “just judge.”