I wonder if he uses Bibles System 2.5? (Christian, so 2.0. But King James? Good News? Thoughts?)
This actually reminds me of another of my regular brushes with religion in the Times Square Subway Station.
If you don't know the Jews for Jesus, they are "Messianic Jews." They believe Christ was the real Messiah. And they believe in an even bigger miracle:
That you can believe in Christ the Messiah, and still be Jewish.
I know, I know. I'm the Ex-Roman Catholic Atheist with a Jewish Heritage. Who am I to judge who a real Jew is? Well, I know I'm officially not a Jew( my Mom's the Goy, my Dad is the one who fell for the shiksa,) and that most Jews see Messianics as just another way Christians try to convert and dilute Jews from what they feel the true faith is.
And honestly, there is a reason why you don't see Jews trying to recruit outside the Tribe much. When you have been hounded and persecuted for most of recorded history, guess what? YOU DON'T THINK IT'S COOL.
And yeah, beyond selling out to people who just want Jews to cause Armageddon and bring back Jesus "El Savior" Christ, they are pretty much an evil cult.
So, anyhow, being in the subway at some point in the last century, and seeing them in their uniform shirts and glazed stares, I see something odd in the pamphlets they hand to people to throw on the subway.
Beavis and Butthead.
YES! THE FOOLS WERE USING THE BOYS! They were showing how Beavis and Butthead found God. And God was cool. God rocked. Let's pray to God and Jesus.
So I did the only thing I could do. I called Viacom. Sorry. Besides being of the Judge ( Mike, that is), Beavis and Butthead stood for the best defenses against those who would abuse faith.
"Chicks, boobies, and HEAVY METAL ROCK N'ROLL!! HEhehehe,ehehhe,ehehehe, hehhh."
*THWAP* SHUT UP, BUTT MUNCH! This is like, serious stuff."
Anyway, I remember seeing a bit on it on the news, haven't been able to find any mention of it on the web. Viacom basically let the matter drop, or quietly sent a cease and desist. The Not Quite Ready for End Time Players continue to haunt the subways, and it's just an interesting to think about.
Borrowing from popular culture can lead to some interesting sermon's and sermonizing. I remember a sermon from my childhood. Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the Ring's" had come out. The priest, who clearly read the books, reflected on the hobbits, how they kept EVERYTHING, and were materialistic.
And how we shouldn't be like that.
It was kind of cool. He managed to tie Tolkien into a Catholic mass with subtlety, humor, and no Narnia references.
And what did we learn? Well, in all kinds of preaching, be it religious or secular, borrow from popculture carefully.
When done well, it can be a good way to illuminate your meaning, and connect with the audience.
When done poorly, it just opens you up to the mockery you likely deserve.
And not done carefully, you need more than a canon lawyer on the speed dial.