While I think this video clip is terribly blasphemous, I think it gets at the heart of one of the terrible dichotomies that Christians live in. How can the God of the Old Testament be so mean and cold, while Jesus can be so loving and compassionate? I am aware that many people have a view of God much like South Park (maybe, not as graphic or colorfully descriptive). The mindset here is: God is overwhelmingly disappointed in us, he’s happy about people burning in hell, a God who is looking to wipe out people for their mistakes. I am grateful that we can begin with Jesus and as he says, “When you see me, you see the father.” Or, we can begin a theology with the wisdom of Alan Hirsch, “It is not just that Christ is God-like, but that God is Christ–like.”
Greg Boyd wrote a great blog on reconciling Jesus and the God of the Old Testament. Greg begins with this, and I agree, “The more clearly one sees the unconditional and completely non-violent nature of God’s love, revealed in Christ, the more difficult and the more important this problem is to resolve.” And, Greg ends with this thought:
“I’ll leave you with this teaser thought: Is it possible that some divinely inspired material is not supposed to reveal to us what God is like but what he is not like? Is it possible that some material is inspired precisely because God wants us to follow Jesus’ example and repudiate it?
Abraham believed God told him to sacrifice his child, yet he trusted that God was not really like the bloodthirsty Canaanite god Molech and thus would not make him follow through with his request, even though he had no choice but to move forward in obedience. He trusted thatw God would supply the commanded sacrifice , if only at the last minute (Gen. 22:8).”
Maybe, you don’t believe that this needs to be reconciled, and this is all food for thought. Or, maybe if you are like me, you are searching for reconciliation from some of the struggles of the Old Testament. Anyways, I think Greg has a great response to the God we see portrayed through South Park.