Banana, Banana bo Bonana Bonana fanna fo Fonana

Kirk Cameron from patheos.com

To people, like me, who have to live in the real world, people like Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are an interesting spectacle:

Evangelist goes (even more) Bananas

A few years ago, evangelist (and former child star) Kirk Cameron released a video attempting to prove that God exists and created the world just for us humans by pointing out that the common banana fits perfectly into the human hand. Watch it — it is short and (unintentionally) hilarious:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z-OLG0KyR4

That was over four years ago, but this show continues its run:

Theologian actor Kirk Cameron had some lovely parenting advice posted for us on his blog yesterday. In a post he promoted by Jay Younts at Shepherd Press, he encourages parents to stop giving explanations to kids, and instead teach them to blindly obey. The piece says, in part:

“God has not called parents to explain but to train. Explanations often lead to frustration and anger for both parents and children. Children are not in need of lengthy, compelling explanations. What they are in need of is the understanding that God must be obeyed.”

The post goes on to warn parents who help their kids understand the why behind making good choices:

“Explanations tend to focus on getting someone to agree with you. The logic for explanations runs something like this: If I can just get my children to understand the reason for my direction, then they will be more likely to follow my instruction. While this may sound like solid reasoning, it is not. Explanations are more consistent with gaining approval and winning arguments. Neither of these are appropriate goals for biblical parenting and can lead to anger in your children as Ephesians warns against.”

That’s what I like about God. No explanation is needed. Of course it can also be said that no explanation will do, because the concept of God defies all logic.

I especially appreciate the part “Explanations are more consistent with gaining approval and winning arguments. Neither of these are appropriate goals for biblical parenting and can lead to anger in your children as Ephesians warns against.” I am going to attempt to interpret that quote:

You should not attempt to explain (God). That’s not necessary. Attempting to explain God implies there are counter arguments to God. I long ago learned a name for this type of leadership. It’s called “leadership from behind.” You do not set examples. You get behind and push. If the person being “led” in this manner is not so inclined, then so much for the worse for the person being led (pushed).

I will agree this is a good approach when the goal is a false objective. Often that’s the only way to “lead” a sensible person toward a false objective.

I was looking for a graphic to go with this, and I came across this. It is apparently not a contrived art work but rather a photograph from a real church somewhere in this country. My Google search didn’t turn up a church with that exact name, but I did find this.

This seems to me Cameron’s theme written in plain terms.

People like Cameron and Comfort tend to align themselves with the conservative element of society. And that’s unfortunate for American conservatism.

I also find this situation so ironic in my own experience. Once in a discussion with a conservative friend I noted that the American voters did not find much favor with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The response I received was that the voters were sheep. And that’s worth examining.

There are two popular ways to get sheep to go where you want them. One is Kirk Cameron’s way, with a sheep dog behind them. The other is with a trained sheep that the others blindly follow. Both cases do not involve initiative and understanding on the part of the sheep.

I posted this previously. It was originally put up by a conservative friend. As I pointed out then it says, “AND THEN WE HAVE THIS” and shows icons of the major news outlets, except Fox News. The implication is that Fox News is the only trusted source. Other sources like NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, PBS, NPR and USA Today are not to be trusted. This is my vision of sheep being led.

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