Monday, November 22, 2010

From the 'Why Bother' File

The National Geographic Channel is free this month with my television satellite subscription. I usually enjoy the programs on this channel but sometimes disturbing information is shown. Yesterday I watched a program about three people who are each convinced they are Jesus returned.

One poor guy has no followers whatsoever. No one believes him. One guy is a former Christian minister from the Philippines who claims millions of followers around the world. He flies around in the sacred helicopter and lives in palatial surroundings and apparently all of his followers are beautiful and whole. The original Jesus never had it so good! The third guy wears white robes and seems terribly angelic.

Do we really think Jesus would have to announce to the world he is back? Would he have to wander the world barefoot without a single follower, or fly around in a helicopter and accept tithes in the millions of dollars? Would he really wear white robes and walk around like a ghost?

Why would these three people deserve a National Geographic program about them? I guess it is true that you get what you pay for.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I suppose it's the cost of having several hundred channels trying to fill 24 hours of programing. Even the specialty channels all seem to revert to bland-ratings-grabbing programing. I can vaguely remember when A&E actually ran artsy and entertaining programing. Remember when CNN Headline News gave us the world in 30 minutes? Boy, are those days ever over!