Ricky Gervais wrote an incendiary article for the Wall Street Journal a few months ago, titled “Why I’m an Atheist”. Perhaps you saw it? It was around Christmas. It got the dander up of many Christians who seem to always take offense whenever someone says they are not a Christian, and don’t believe in god, giving well thought out and articulate reasons why, as if they were insulted in some way.
Then, at the end of the the Golden Globe Awards soiree’, he could be heard , as the credits rolled, intoning “Thank God he made me an atheist”. Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth could be heard in churches nationwide.
Now he’s written a little Easter season message (or spring message, is you’d like) titled “Why I’m A Good Christian“. He compares his personal morality with that supposedly set forth in the Ten Commandments, and finds that he actually abides by all them, but unsurprisingly, most Christians don’t.
Of course, a certain amount of interpretation and analysis is necessary to get the Ten Commandments to mean what he says they mean, but I have to agree with his interpretation, over that of others, because his makes a lot of sense. As a matter of fact, when I go down that list, I’d have to say that I meet all 10 criteria for being a Good Christian too. Maybe George Carlin had it right when he was able to boil them down to two commandments?
At the very least, it shows that anyone can be a good Christian if he interprets the Bible any way he wants to.
(And if that picture is what Gervais looks like these days, he’s really serious about getting buff.)