Wednesday, July 26, 2006

To God Be the Glory?

I'm staying home from work today, trying to take care of some muscle pain that's been going on for a while, but is making it difficult to function normally. While I'm waiting to get a call back from the doctor's office (can you believe I had to leave my name and number with an answering machine?), at least I got to watch The Price is Right, which is a rare treat these days.

Today, a member of a Bible study group got to play "Plinko" and, despite being absolutely terrible at guessing the prices to win Plinko chips (he got 3 of 5 chips, one of which is given to him at the start before he's done anything), still managed to nab the $10,000 slot twice, for a total of $20,000.

At the end of both $10,000 wins, this contestant was very careful to say "it's all Jesus" and to praise God for the cash victories.

As a Christian who believes in the sovereignty of God, I nevertheless find such behavior irritating in the extreme. It exemplifies the kind of behavior that (again, speaking as a fellow believer) makes Christians out to be idiots. It's no wonder to me that so many secularists (which still make up a large part of the country, not to mention the world) scoff at the idea of becoming Christians.

No doubt the contestant desired to take his brief moment of national celebrity to point people to Jesus, but I'm convinced that such actions in the middle of a game show are counter-productive. Am I unusual among Christians for thinking so?


  1. You are not unusual for thinking that such action "makes Christians out to be idiots." (Many Christians are in fact idiots!) You might be a little unusual for watching Plinko, but that's another conversation altogether.

  2. A pastor friend of mine once said he roomed with a guy who prayed to God to show him which socks he should wear each day. Dead serious.



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