Don’t Eat The Veggies – Even If Your Denomination Does

Integrity? Most would say it’s a core element of Christian ethics. Most definitions would include factual reporting and truth telling in the mix.

Let’s just say I was sick when I saw the ERLC bending the truth to promote the latest Veggie Tales Pirate movie. Which, you should know, is completely non-Christian and has theology worse than Oprah.

Discernment anyone? If you catch the sophomoric attempt at allegory, you’ll notice that Big Idea presents God and Satan as brothers! I’m glad my kids missed that angle.

And so did the ERLC’s glowing praise for the movie. Which included these false statements:

  1. (The movie) is based on biblical truths . . .
  2. In the end, the reluctant heroes realize their strength comes not from within but from God . . .
  3. it is a family must-see . . .
  4. you can also be pleased you supported a thoroughly Christian production company.

The plain truth to anyone who saw the movie

  1. Self esteem is not a biblical truth, neither is time travel or flesh eating snack food.
  2. The heroes never credit, or mention God. They win because they do the “right thing” even when it was hard.
  3. Most families would be better served by going to the park.
  4. Big Idea is not a “Christian” company in any sense, just check their website

Big Idea is a company trying to make good clean entertainment for families. Conservative religious types are their customers. No problem. They have ever right to not mention Jesus or our need for the Savior.

But the ERLC of the Southern Baptist Convention should know better. We trust these guys to advocate for the Gospel in Washington DC, but they can’t get a movie review right.

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13 Responses to Don’t Eat The Veggies – Even If Your Denomination Does

  1. Thanks for this post. My two sons have enjoyed VeggieTales and I was wondering what the take was on this movie. I haven’t done much research on it, but was pretty sure that it was not going to be too faithful to the Bible (see NBC Saturday mornings).

    We don’t go see very many movies as a family and I am glad I will not waste my money on this one. Thanks again for the post.

  2. Tony Kummer says:

    We did see it. It was typical Veggie Tales, except free from the biblical storyline. Of course, that was their strange appeal in the first place.

    We don’t know where to write to get a refund.

  3. Mike says:

    Surely Big Ideas has a better theology than Oprah. :-)

  4. He said to her, “I’d like a cheeseburger,
    And I might like a milkshake as well.”
    She said to him, “I can’t give you neither.”
    And he said, “Isn’t this Burger Bell?”

    She said, “Yes it is, but we’re closed now,
    But we open tomorrow at 10!”
    He thought, “I am extremely hungry,
    But I guess I can wait until then!”

    Cause you’re his cheeseburger,
    Yes, you’re his cheeseburger,
    He’ll wait for you, yeah, he’ll wait for you
    Cause you’re his cheeseburger,
    His precious cheeseburger,
    He’ll wait for you, oh
    He’ll wait for you!

    There. Now it’s out of my system. :D

  5. Seriously? You’re upset at Veggie Tales? While the new movie may not have a biblical storyline, is it entertaining with a positive message? If so, then could it actually be entertaining and of value? (I would say it would have more entertainment than things that are taken from “Biblical” stuff – hello, Left Behind!) Be upset at Dr. Land and the ERLC, but is Vegige Tales promoting the movie as the next big thing in Biblical drama? If not, then let it go.

  6. Michael, I don’t think Tony was saying that he is upset with Veggie Tales. He is upset with the ERLC…That was his point.

    Really, is it very surprising to anyone that the ERLC would promote a movie as Biblical with “theology worse than Oprah”? I’m afraid that many of our SBC churches have “theology worse than Oprah” coming from the pulpits. If the denomination’s bureaucracy is going to change, the pastors must change. They must quit teaching topical mush and start teaching Scriptural exposition.

  7. Zack says:

    I am SO disappointed.

    I was thinking “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” was about a group of sea-faring veggies who read the book of Hebrews and ceased from their religious labor.

    Maybe I read a bit much into the title…

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  9. R. Mansfield says:

    I must’ve missed something. When did the Veggie Tales stop doing biblical stories?

  10. Tony Kummer says:

    I just read this on Phil Vischer’s website. He is answering why the movie is seems soft on its religious themes.

    But is it, in fact, a “Christian film?” If you mean by that a literal retelling of a Bible story, then no, it isn’t. If you mean by that a film where characters talk directly about Jesus or the Christian faith, then no, it isn’t. It has never been my goal to only tell stories that are explicitly biblical in nature. But I do intend for all my films to evidence, in some way, a Christian worldview; I intend to tell stories that illuminate the Christian experience or demonstrate Christian belief. In other words, they might not all talk about Christianity, but they will all, in some meaningful way, demonstrate Christianity.

    So what is the new VeggieTales movie? It’s a parable. A distinctly Christian parable . . . It is a distinctly Christian illustration of how God calls us into adventure – calls us to be ‘heroes’, if you will – and then once called, will equip us for the tasks he has given us and supply us with the strength to finish the job. The ultimate victory in Christian life comes not from our power, but from Christ’s. Apart from him, I can do no good thing.

    All of this significant Christian theology is in the Pirate movie. But it’s beneath the surface. It’s the subtext, not the text . . . Is the new VeggieTales movie a Bible story? No. But it is profoundly, profoundly Christian.

  11. Tony Kummer says:

    Did you catch the significant Christian theology?

    It sounded more like self-help theology with a theistic twist. But the comments above were right – this is what the Veggie Tales have always been about.

    The point of my protest was the blind promotion of this by the ERLC. We trust these guys to advocate for Christian ethics in DC, but they can’t see tell a Christian from a vegetable.

  12. Adam Winters says:

    Haven’t seen the new movie, but I still have great respect and appreciation for Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie. I know the company has undergone a major transition since then, but it’s too bad if your critique is accurate. That said, I’ll probably give this a fair look either in theatres or when it comes out on the home market.

  13. Matt says:

    Big Idea is no longer owned by Phil Vischer. His company was bought out. So he has less say over what comes out of Veggie Tales. The company who makes Veggie Tales is not a Christian company.

    If you read Vischer’s book you will find that his dream was to be the Christian Walt Disney. But his company went into bankruptcy and that didn’t happen.

    I haven’t seen the movie, but based on what Phil says on his blog the story is probably more clean family fun than explicit narrative. I don’t have a problem with that. If you felt deceived by some Christian organization’s review of it, then so be it.

    It’s like I don’t question Focus on the Family’s integrity because their movie reviewers don’t like any good movies. On this movie I would write a column about the New York Times review, which seemed to think Veggie Tales ripped off Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course if you were familiar with Veggie Tales you would know that assertion is false.

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