Eric Cartman & Cultural Attitudes

Last night at The Green Room we continued our series about prayer talking about how we find rest in Christ and how when we find that rest we take on the attitude of Christ as described by Paul in Philippians 2. This is in contrast to the attitudes of our culture.

I had a lot of fun in expressing the values of the culture in contrast to the humbleness of Christ through Eric Cartman from South Park. We showed clips from each of these three cultural realities that are funny when portrayed by nine year old Cartman, but not so funny when we recognize them in ourselves and the people around us.

Whatever I’ll do what I want: Plain and simple, as a society, we want to do it our way. There’s a desire to live a life without consequences and ignoring those around us.

Respect my authoritay: We also have an attitude of entitlement. Going beyond just doing what we want, we try to force our will on those around us.

Screw you guys, I’m going home: When we don’t get our way, we check out. We like to disconnect and take our toys and go home. How often does disagreement in our lives push us into isolation.

Contrast these attitudes to the words of Paul:

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
– Philippians 2: 5-8