If you’ve never binge watched House of Cards or especially if you’ve never watched it at all, you’ve never really lived.
Ok, maybe it’s not quite that good, but….oh, who am I kidding? Yes it is.
Seriously, it’s one of the best shows on television. If you don’t have Netflix, it alone is worth the $8 a month or whatever they’re charging these days.
Between the political corruption and the I can’t believe that just happened moments that seem to end every show, House of Cards leaves you desperately wanting more every time the credits roll.
At the center of the wonderfully corrupt world of House of Cards is the king of diabolical politics himself, Frank Underwood. He’s a Senator from the great state of South Carolina who personally narrates his way to the highest heights of power through shady backdoor deal making, perverse manipulation, and cold blooded murder.
Frank won’t let anyone stand in the way of his quest for power, especially if they threaten to expose any one of his many dark secrets. It’s this bloody coverup, of course, that gives the show its name as Frank’s power is obviously built on a house of cards that is ready to come crashing down the moment an intrepid reporter can expose Frank Underwood for the villain he truly is.
But not everybody thinks Frank Underwood is such a bad guy.
And I don’t just mean Frank himself.
I’m pretty sure Ken Ham thinks Frank Underwood is Jesus and House of Cards is a televised gospel.
I know, I know. It sounds crazy. After all, this is Ken Ham we’re talking about, the guy who built the Creation Museum! Clearly, he has a vendetta against good taste. It’s hard to believe he would enjoy something as wonderful as House of Cards.
I get that. I really do.
But the other day, the king of creationism released this 1 min clip and it got me thinking that ole Kenny might just be a huge House of Cards fan.
As per his usual shtick, Ken spends his 60 seconds explaining why belief in creationism vs. evolution is a gospel issue. Nothing surprising
or true there, but what is interesting is his justification for his bogus theology.
Did you catch it?
Here it is again, emphasis mine.
You see, the Bible clearly teaches that death is a penalty for sin. The first death was in the Garden when God killed animals and clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins. This was the first blood sacrifice as a covering for their sin; a picture of what was to come in Jesus Christ. Now, when Christians believe in millions of years, they’re accepting millions of years of death and bloodshed before man sinned. This means the shedding of blood would have nothing to do with sin. Believing in millions of years, you know what? It’s incompatible with the message of the gospel.
The obvious problem here that Ken fails to see is that the creationist gospel he preaches is wholly dependent upon a weak God who can do nothing more than cover up sin. He can’t actually eradicate it. All God can do is pile bodies on top of sin and pretend like it never happened.
But it’s not just Ham’s terrible theology that caught my attention, it’s how he says its that’s so fascinating
and disturbing to me.
According to Ken Ham, the message of the gospel is a bloody coverup. Without this bloody coverup, there is no good news and Jesus isn’t the King the gospel proclaims him to be.
Which is why, bizarre as it may sound, I am led to one inescapable conclusion.
In the mind of Ken Ham, Frank Underwood – the mastermind of the bloody coverup who alone has the power to see it accomplished – is Jesus. And House of Cards is his gospel; a televised, personally narrated passion play we can binge watch for the salvation of our souls.
Thanks be to God.
Now, I know that might sound crazy, but if you really think about it, it actually makes perfect sense.
After all, as everyone but Ken Ham and his buddies can plainly see, creationist theology itself is nothing but a house of cards that comes crashing down the moment it’s exposed to even the slightest whiff of reality.