Monday, December 31, 2007
I finished watching the 3rd season of House, M.D. I thought it was worth noting that Dr. House consistently gets something right; he understands that humans have an inherited sin nature, and everyone around him assumes humans are born good, and only outside influences cause people to sin. Of course he doesn't use that terminology, but it is the same concept. Unfortunately, he only presents half of the story. We are all guilty of Adam's sin. We would have done the same thing in his shoes. We are born hating God. The only fate we deserve for our rebellion is hell. In God's incredible mercy, He provided a redeemer for us. All we must do to accept the grace is repent and believe. Hell is real. There is more than just this life. That is the good news.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We have been watching season 3 of House, M.D. via Netflix. I don't watch much television, but occasionally I let myself get sucked in. The irony in my addiction to this series is that as with most of Hollywood, the show pushes a liberal agenda, and a world view that is drastically opposed to that of a biblical Christian. Most of the time it is more subtle, but occasionally it really comes out. I like analyzing the plot from a Christian perspective, and point out the flaws in their logic. In the episode I watched tonight, House reluctantly treats a younger, attractive woman who has been raped. About 2/3 of the way through the show you find out that she is pregnant. House heroically wins her trust and talks her in to killing the baby. The show ends with House unsatisfied that he has just "saved the girl", as if that were honorable, but not quite honorable enough. But according to Cuddy, House connected to the girl, so the true triumph is in his emotional progress toward caring for people. When you think about what the show is trying to get across, it is truly a message without hope. He makes untested and unopposed arguments that there is no god, and this life is all that matters. They attempt to deal with the problem of evil without a satisfactory answer. They take a shot at Christianity as if the Evil question must end the debate. I think culturally this is where most of society is. Fortunately in another episode, the show explores the possibility of a valid pro-life position. The pleasure I find in watching the show is in God's common grace, that a world full of atheists have a moral law written on their hearts. I enjoy watching the medical solutions and the irony that every good thing comes from above. I enjoy analyzing this reflection of society, and though they may reject salvation, they are without excuse, and will one day know the truth.