More on our continuing series on Christianity & the Arts, how the Christianity part has to include not just law but gospel. . .
Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, went bankrupt in 2003, sold the franchise, and turned to other ventures. In an interview with World Magazine, he says how he realized that the “Christian” message of those talking vegetables was not Christianity at all. (This is from last Fall, but I appreciate Norm Fisher, via some other folks, for bringing it to my attention.)
I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, “Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so,” or “Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!” But that isn’t Christianity, it’s morality. . . .