It seems to me that the world needs less Simpsons and more Peanuts. (Just like we could use less of the Kim Kardashian and more Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty & Dancing with the Stars fame.)
I’ve never been a fan of The Simpson’s and have not watched many episodes; but, it seems to me that the values espoused on The Simpson’s is far different from Peanuts or the less known comic strip, B.C.
My whole thinking on this topic began when I ran across this comic strip from Peanuts:
Linus has a way of getting to the heart of the matter, doesn’t he? There are some suppositions at play here. When this particular strip was drawn, Charles Schultz must of pre-supposed that people generally knew their Bible and moreover, believed what they knew from Scripture. That is not so today. Today, about half of the American public can not name the four gospels. Probably more than that do not believe that the flood ever occurred and so would not be comforted by knowing that God promised to not flood the world again.
Or, take this one. How many times do we hear (or say ourselves) hope to goodness? Not good theology, but perhaps has good roots. You see, back in the day, people would have generally believed that the only thing good in this world was God. In fact the word good has its origins in the word god, so Lucy isn’t too far off track.
Two unfortunate things have happened in the recent past decades: 1) people have stopped reading, so naturally they are not reading their Bibles; 2) even if they read it or hear it read, too many people have a tendency to believe only what they want to believe.
In the early 1970s I became acquainted the comic strip BC by Johnny Hart. The characters were delightful and the strips dripped with sarcasm and were a fitting commentary on our culture. I’m not sure when Johnny Hart became a Christian, but late in his life, his strips (especially on Christmas, Easter, etc.) took on a Christian tone, such as this one:
Sound theology can be found in the pages of Scripture, but if we look hard and deep enough, sound theology can also be found on the pages of the funny papers.