When Stan’s parents can’t parent-up enough to talk with him about the importance of not doing drugs, they hire an actor to pretend that he is Stan from the future – a Stan that did take drugs and turned out to be a total loser. It’s a pretty funny concept, and it really does teach us an important lesson about being able to communicate with our children. If we don’t tell them what’s important – and in an honest way – who can they possibly trust?
Funny enough, when Cartman sees that Stan has become a total loser, he bows down and thanks God, praising him for this hilarious outcome to Stan’s life. Aside from Cartman being a crappy friend, this illustrates something else: our obsession with attributing to God that which we appreciate. When great things happen, people say “Thank God” all the time, but often, it seems unlikely that these are things that God would have done – or at least intentionally enough to deserve praise. Why would God be responsible for making Stan a loser?
Have you ever thanked God and then suddenly thought to yourself, actually, God probably had nothing to do with that? Can you think of a good example of thanking God when He probably wouldn’t want anything to do with what you’re talking about?
Did you see this episode? Did you notice the cross on the wall of the Osbournes’ home when they’re watching tv in the beginning?
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