That is outrageous!
It has been a busy week in the Christian Outrage Department. Our fellow believers who continually scour the globe for things we ought to be outraged about have had a stellar week. The lead outrage of the week was the announcement by some Harvard professor saying she has discovered a scrap of 4th century papyrus in Coptic that seems to have Jesus, in talking to his disciples, make mention of “my wife.” You can read good a summary of this news here. Needless to say, we are all supposed to be outraged.
In a normal week that would have been outrage enough but this week was special. Dr. Pepper also gave us something to be outraged about. They released a print add that mimics the old Darwinian “descent of man” diagram. If you took High School biology in a public school you know the diagram. If you didn’t you can see the original every week if you watch “The Big Bang Theory” on TV. Of course, if you tell some of your fellow Christians you’ve seen that show they may be outraged. In any event in the Dr. Pepper version, which you can see here, it seems the turning point in evolution was the discovery of Dr. Pepper. I and told we all need to be outraged about this blatant promotion of evolution.
But there is still more. It appears that the Obama campaign is using a “satanic flag” at some of their campaign stops. Apparently there is some sort of flag that has wavy multi-color lines on it which, we are told, stands for the homosexual movement which means it is satanic. Or something like that. You can see this one here.
Last but not least, Joel Osteen has managed to trigger not one but two outrages this week. The first was with the release of his new book “I declare: 31 promises to speak over your life.” A lot of us are outraged that he dare reduce our faith to a series of magic spells. If that were not outrage enough, the hapless Osteen, promoting his book on CNN, managed to utter the phrase “homosexuality is a sin.” This earned him an excoriation from the CNN host. This was somewhat shocking as Osteen normally does quite a good job of tap dancing around difficult questions. In any event the Christian Outrage Department sprang to life, outraged that anyone dare attack the same man that they had attacked from the other side just the day before.
All in all, I’d have to say that the folks in the C.O.D. deserve a relaxing weekend after their busy week. I suppose we owe them a debt of gratitude. After all, our church, which worships an eternal and omnipotent God and has withstood 2000 years of persecution, is constantly in danger of falling to things like snarky Dr Pepper ads without their constant vigil.