“I’ll Be Back”; Jesus and the Terminator

This is a pretty funny video, a sketch from Mad TV; what if a robot from the future had gone back in time to ‘save’ Jesus?

I think it’s sort of ironic that many of us seem to have a vision of Jesus that is something like the Terminator; he’ll be back and when he comes he’s gonna be taking names and kicking some ass. This is a theme that resonates with us throughout history and literature; Richard the Lion Hearted, King Arthur, Napoleon Bonaparte, Douglas MacArthur and Gandalf the Gray.  I think that this ‘non-Christian’ video clearly illustrates the tension that exists between the Jesus of the Gospels and the idea that he would condone violence to vindicate his faithful followers.

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  1. #1 by Jason on January 25, 2008 - 9:53 am

    What does this mean for justice? What do we say, for example, to the woman who has been raped and her assailant remains unrepentant? How is a God who does not vindicate the weak and the fragile and the hurt and the broken a just God? I don’t have a solid answer to this question, but I think it is one that we must consider if we are going to read the Gospels as presenting a Jesus who does vindicate the weak and the fragile.

    It may be that the coming of Jesus will be far more hellacious for over-confident Christians who have never lived out Jesus’ desire for mercy rather than sacrifice????

  2. #2 by Alan on January 25, 2008 - 3:22 pm

    The clip is funny — I confess I always enjoyed the Terminator flicks. And you’re right it does play up how absurd it would be to think that Jesus would want us fighting war to advance his kingdom, killing off those “infidels” who oppose us. Seen in that light, singing a song like “Onward Christian Soldiers” seems a bit silly.

    Though maybe there is still a place for the warfare imagery. For example, “fighting” to make those things that God desires to see happen in our world and opposing those who seek to do the opposite — be they principalities and powers or actual spiritual forces that oppose us.

    Just my $0.02.

  3. #3 by Christian on January 25, 2008 - 4:22 pm

    I think this imagery has great value – but as imagery. It certainly leaves a lasting impact. And we use warfare imagery all the time; the War on Poverty, battling diseases, marching on the White House- but they are used metaphorically.

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