Jan 12, 2011

‘Meet Precious Little’ or ‘why it’s OK that Christians are mocked’

Mock the Christian?

Have you watched Come fly with me, the new comedy by Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams? As with LB it’s very much a character-based comedy and in parts is quite funny with some of the characters pretty well-observed. But they can’t resist having a pop at Christians.

Meet Precious Little

Matt Lucas comments: “Precious Little is a lady who works at the coffee kiosk. A jolly West Indian lady, middle-aged, who enjoys gospel music and she’s a Christian and is seemingly never able to open her kiosk, she’s always missing a vital ingredient – the coffee’s gone missing, or the water isn’t working, or the cups have gone missing. And then there’s something mysterious going on – I’m not going to tell you any more!

Let’s look at Precious from episode 2:

And so the joke runs through each episode that Precious deliberately sabotages the Coffee shop, providing her with the excuse to close the shop and find something else to do.

One review observes that Precious is  ‘a West Indian woman who runs a coffee cart but shuts up shop to loaf about the airport. She’s lazy, hypocritical and an evangelical Christian, played by Lucas.’

She’s not only lazy and hypocritical but a thief as well and by highlighting her Christian faith Lucas and Walliams make their point.  It’s hard to imagine they would have swapped Precious for a corrupt Muslim or hypocritical Hindu.

Christianity is routinely ridiculed in the media; from the anodyne Vicar of Dibley through to the grossly offencive  Jerry Springer: The Opera which in its wisdom the BBC decided to broadcast back in 2005 registering a record 55,000 complaints.

But the truth is that although I’m certainly saddened I’m not shocked or surprised.

The fact that Christianity is mocked is actually testimony to the truth of the gospel. Jesus himself was mocked and ridiculed supremely at the cross.

And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. (Mark 15:20)

He promised that those who followed him would face the same opposition.

Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked (Acts 17:22)

And so it will always be so. In 1857 archeologists discovered a piece of graffiti scratched onto a wall in an ancient guard house in Rome.

It shows a young man holding up his hand in worship to his god – but this is no ordinary image of a god – this god is portrayed as a man suffering Roman Crucifixion – onto whose body the graffitist has drawn the head of a donkey – it dates from the 1st century AD.

Scratched alongside the picture are the words Alexamenos worships God.

That Christians are uniquely mocked in our culture is also testimony to the power of the gospel. Christians know what it is to forgive because Christianity is the story of how in Christ God has forgiven us far more. In it’s determination to single out Christians for such treatment those who mock demonstrate how much they know.

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. – 1 Peter 2:12

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