Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mattering to God, Kid with Gun: Explanation needed
Narrator: If you don't matter to God, you don't matter to anyone.
I have pondered this ad, and in all seriousness, I don't get it. The positive restatement (If you matter to God, you matter to everyone/others), while still nebulous in its theological objective, seems like a possible, yet strained, foundation for a relational Christian ethic. I, however, genuinely don't understand the purpose of the negative, and the context of the homicidal youth doubly confounds me.
AnswersInGenesis.org made the ad, and I couldn't find any information about the ad on its website. It seems obvious, given the name, that this is a site advocates creationism, although the site does discuss other pertinent conservative evangelical issues (abortion, gay rights, school prayer, etc.).
With this in mind, using the context of creationism vs. evolution, the best I can come up with is this: If evolution is true, then it is a dog-eat-dog world. This kid is the big dog and he is about to kill you. But good thing evolution is false, and you matter to God. As such, you matter to others.
Two gold stars for the person who can best explain this ad. Play nice.
(h/t Andrew Sullivan)