January 14, 2011
Sorry, I love good humor even from Stephen Colbert, but this is a Doritos debacle to me.....OK, I'm tagged as "older generation" by today's standards, but I think it is sadly inappropriate to "mock" a sacred ordinance of the Church, meaningful to millions of Christian believers. There IS a line, and I believe he crossed it!
I liked this segment too. I think it's good when a comedian or a performance juxtaposes our devotion with consumer culture to our religious devotion, because I think it reveals something about our strong dedication to consumerism, and our weak dedication to God. The Church of Stop Shopping does a similar thing in a different way, IMO.
There is a difference between mocking the man and mocking the method. People don't like it when we mock the method because, well, the method is more important than the man. Case in point, all the argument that happens in our church regarding method.
I think it's healthy to examine rituals an chuckle at them. It could also be said that those most offended by this commercial are more connected to their rituals and religion than with the Trinity who indeed laugh at us from time to time. However, I'm not Catholic and don't understand the Eucharist.<br><br>
If some people use grape juice instead of wine I guess others can use Doritos instead of bread...or wafers...or crackers. Makes we wonder whether somewhere out there there are church committees out there choosing the brand of grape juice or type of wine. Was there a synod convened to decide to make the wafer round?
We should stick with bread. Doritos would be too crunchy. It would be harder to focus on communion when people are crunching and demanding more chips because, after all, doritos are quite tasty and somewhat addictive. You can't have just one dorito chip, you want the whole bag.
When I happened to see Colbert's broadcast on this subject, he was lampooning outrage reaction from the usual "Christian" advocacy groups, as he pointed out that this not only was never aired, but was merely submitted for a contest, wasn't among the top entries seriously considered for use, wasn't commissioned by the company. Any reference favorable to using Doritos at communion was tongue in cheek to highlight the absurdity of the entire affair
How could even slighty think of condoning any slandering of God/Jesus done by Colbert. This Bible says not to use God/Jesus name in vain. If you are going to stand for something don't be on the fence about it. To me that is a sign of weakness. I love a good laugh but was raised to be respectful. This country is in real trouble "if we dont stand for something we will fall for anything". With your mindset anything is fair game to be disrepected. Never should God/Jesus be put in that category. It also reflects shallow thinking and no moral code.
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