Musing on Davey and Goliath


On January 9th, 2010 the creator, Art Clokey, of the television show “Davey and Goliath” died in his sleep. The show was developed and sponsored by the Lutheran Church of America, which eventually became the ELCA. The show was a positive show that taught children morals. As a child it was one of the television shows that looked forward to watching and felt it was a Christian television show. In retrospect, the show displayed and taught Christian moral values but did little real pointing to Jesus. Recently the characters have been used in marketing. In addition there was a program on the Hallmark channel in 2004 called the snowboard Christmas, that emphasized an ecumenical, there are many paths, view point of religion and faith.

The show is probably like how many people approach Christianity in the culture. The focus can often be on what are the right moral things to do. Stand against homosexuality and abortion. Give to charities and churches. Treat others as equal. Love others. These can all be good things. But without the core of pointing to Jesus, it all lacks. As the body of Christ and those bringing the light of the Gospel to the world, do we settle for the exterior moral behaviors and miss pointing to the Gospel with love? In making a broad appeal to the world at large, is the center truth ignored with the hope that someone will let them know sometime? Is there compromise with the world so strong that the Gospel gets set aside and false messages such as the message of “multiple paths” and “what believe does not matter” become taught and embraced? Christians are called to be both salt and light. It means always pointing to the truth, which is Jesus.

Looking back, Davey and Goliath was a show in my mind that was one of the few that pointed to truth. Looking back, it stood for true moral behavior, but the elements of the Gospel were limited. Question is does media today that would fall into the same footsteps? Compromising truth by focusing on morals and externals verses the matters of the Gospel and need for salvation in Jesus. The time is both here and coming where people who profess the Gospel and claim to follow Jesus will fall away and reject the truth for something else. Perhaps some of that deception comes from focusing on the externals rather than the matters of the heart.

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