Cartman is Ordained by God in “Something You Can Do with Your Finger,” South Park Episode 409

This episode is wonderful for a few reasons. On a religious note, we can’t help but appreciate Cartman’s attitude and approach towards God. Not only does he believe that God has ordained him for what he is to do (start a boy band) but he challenges God, even demonstrating his fright after doing so (he calls God a pussy and then insists he was just kidding).

This episode plays upon a common theme in our thinking: that we think God wants what we do and that he is responsible for our successes and failures. Now, I’m not challenging the notion that there’s anything wrong with thinking that God has a hand in our lives. Lots of people think that and who would I be to tell them that they’re wrong?

However, this notion does bring the fact to light that it hardly makes sense for God to have chosen us for every activity that we want to do – or that he then holds us up as a test. It reminds one an awful lot of Genesis chapter 22, in which God commands Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, even though he has just given Isaac to him at the most unlikely time in Abraham and his wife, Sarah’s, lives.

Do you like this episode? Why or why not? Do you think God has a hand in everything we do?

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South Park Tonight: Fingerbanging and Negroplasties

Tonight’s got a double episode of South Park coming your way, and it includes two great episodes, “Things You Can Do With Your Finger,” and “Mr. Garrison’s Fancy New Vagina.” I love them both.

In the first, note Cartman’s attitude and approach towards God. Not only does he believe that God has ordained him for what he is to do (start a boy band) but he challenges God, even demonstrating his fright after doing so (he calls God a pussy and then insists he was just kidding).

In the second, we get a great look at religious identity when Kyle complains that he has never felt Jewish but actually tall and black, proceeds to get a negroplasty only to realize that he will always be himself genetically, even if he can alter an outward appearance – an interesting comment on sex change operations, no doubt.

These episodes are each fantastic in their own right (especially when we watch a scrotum get cut open during a real sex change operation), and I recommend you watch them both and think about what they are saying about religious identity and man’s perceived relationship to God.

Did you watch them? What did you think?

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