Now It Controls the Entire Village

Now It Controls the Entire Village December 13, 2014

Now it controls the entire village

Yesterday’s Bizarro is actually pretty serious. Sometimes people have formulated an image of God – more often from words than from stone – in order to scare people into respecting rules. But it ends up controlling communities in ways that not only go beyond that original intent, but become quite toxic. There is implicit recognition of this, on one level, in the text that was the focus in the sermon in my church last Sunday. “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.”

Perfect love can cast out fear. But it probably takes a new image of God to cast out an older, clearly problematic, image of God.

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  • David Evans

    Except, of course, “it” doesn’t control anything. What controls the village is the priesthood which claims to know what “it” wants.

  • My brother has an illuminated Santa Claus on his front yard that looks just like that crazy Idol Head. I am laughing so hard. And this comes to mind. The mutant telepaths with their ‘Divine Bomb’ from Beneath The Planet of the Apes. That too makes me laugh. A great start to a Saturday morning at home!

  • Right, the God to cast out would be the one who proclaims,(in Matthew 13):

    41 The Son of Man will send out his angels,and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    • The point is well taken. But I would still point out that the New Testament doesn’t seem to know of eternal punishment, and the extrapolation of the Golden Rule onto judgment, so that the idea becomes that God will do unto you as you have done unto others, while not unproblematic, is not nearly as bad as some alternatives.

      • I much prefer the non retaliatory Jesus of Matt 5:38-48.

        I can completely support the wisdom of many biblical passages, including the golden rule (but certainly not the ugly inversion of the golden rule in Matt 13:41-42).

  • I’m a little troubled, though, that I think because of the choice of setting for the comic, the actual message gets muddled up behind a lot of cultural baggage that wants that panel to just mean “Them primitive savages sure are backward, thinking that big stone head is god!”

  • Tim

    Yep. That’s why I don’t go in for any interpretations or caution against interpretations of scripture that are based in fear.