Boom! Changes Everything

Fox has a new summer show titled Boom! and does it change everything? No, it shows everything really has changed.

The premise of the show is that a ticking bomb and someone trying to diffuse it make for great entertainment. I suppose those in the Army’s EOD units might not think so. I suppose those behind The Hurt Locker might be justifiably hurt by something that id deadly serious for them being regarded by others as entertainment.

O come on! Lighten up! This is Hollywood. They make fun of everything except Muslims and homosexuals. More about the latter later.

On Boom! an “explosive” device filled with anything from chili to chocolate pudding is rigged with wires. The wires correspond to answers to various questions. Right answers mean you cut the right wire. Cut the wrong wire and BOOM!

I have to admit when I watched a bit of their inaugural episode they did manage to catch the suspense that goes with watching someone trying to diffuse a ticking bomb. Then a real explosion happened.

I hadn’t been watching the show. I changed channels as the closing credits rolled. The announcer guy with the voice most pastors would die for says with all rhythm, unctuousness, and zing: “Tune in next week as the [I can’t remember their name] family takes on a gay kickball team from Los Angeles!” He didn’t miss a beat, slur a syllable, or give a hint that he was saying the moral equivalent of: “Tune in next week while a Texas family takes on an ISIS death squad!” Or, “Tune in next week as the Harris family takes on a B & E crew from the Bronx’s!”

A member sent me a link to an op-ed titled “The Big Gay Marriage Lie.” It was subtitled: “Gay marriage, we’ve been told, will not affect you. What a crock.” Somewhere in the piece he says something like: They repeatedly told us that nothing will change once gay marriage is the law of the land. In fact everything has changed.

I am not well versed enough in history to say this definitively, but in Bible history not even the Sodomites or the Gibeahites openly accepted their homosexuality. O everyone knew about it, but it was still under the cover of darkness that their perversity was pursued. I don’t think ancient Greece or Rome made laws protecting it and giving it equal standing with real marriage. That was left for us “upon whom the end of the ages has come.” I use that quote so you will look it up and put this whole issue in perspective.

In one sense everything has changed; in another sense nothing has. The last thing that changed everything was Easter morning. From then on it was the end, the Latter Days. The next thing that really changes everything is the Parousia, and that doesn’t happen with BOOM! but “with a loud command” “with the voice of the archangel” “with the trumpet call of God.” And we know whose voice, angel, and trumpet it is. And though the announcer can say “a gay kickball team from Los Angeles” with a straight face, God can’t hear it without lowering the boom just a bit more.

About Paul Harris

Pastor Harris retired from congregational ministry after 40 years in office on 31 December 2023. He is now devoting himself to being a husband, father, and grandfather. He still thinks cenobitic monasticism is overrated and cave dwelling under.
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