Tuesday, 3 June 2014

No Disassemble: The Theology of Johnny 5

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We were looking through some old movies recently and I got to thinking about the 1986 movie Short Circuit. In one scene robot Johnny 5 squashes a grasshopper and then asks animal lover Stephanie to “re-assemble” it. He quickly learns that the reassembly of the grasshopper is impossible and that the grasshopper is now dead. Putting two and two together, Johnny 5 suddenly begins to see that his own imminent disassembly is the same as his death, and like the grasshopper, he too will not simply be reassembled again at whim.

It’s amazing where one finds biblical motifs.

For some reason I suddenly began to think about the term “Christian Assembly” and of how much of a misnomer that term often seems to be. In many ways, I would suggest that perhaps we have become more of a “Disassembly” than an “Assembly,” based upon the way we constantly segregate ourselves from others who have a slightly different theological take on a subject than we do. Denominationalism as well as church splits comes to mind.

Perhaps we missed the Johnny 5 cry that said, “No Disassemble!” But unlike the squashed grasshopper in Short Circuit, we still can be reassembled … if we want it. Do we really want to be an “Assembly” of Christians, or are we content to continue being a “Disassembly?”
“But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments. For it has been made clear to me, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions and wrangling and factions among you. What I mean is this, that each one of you [either] says, I belong to Paul, or I belong to Apollos, or I belong to Cephas (Peter), or I belong to Christ. Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Amplified).
Can we do it? Again, do we even want to do it? Someone said, "If your theology doesn't lead you to love people more, you should question your theology." Maybe the real problem with church "disassemblies" is that we still have not really learned to love one another. Perhaps if we really did love one another, we would never for a moment tolerate anything that would separate us from each other, even if it was a slightly different take on a theological position.

No disassemble!? Something to think about. Peace.

1 comment:

  1. "brothers, add this: Y'all be rejoicing! Y'all be adjusting/attuning! Y'all be entreating! Y'all be being mutually disposed; be being at peace! And-also the God of Love and-also peace shall be with y'all."
    [II Corinthians 13:13]

    we're beginning to awaken to how αιρετικον, a heretic, is one who holds "airs" or preferences. If we prefer the teachings or traditions of a denomination, we are disassembling and being sectarian (even if we're correct with our points). to engage a presumption for division of the One body of Christ is for what is addressed at Titus 3:10. Being sectarian is and must be refused.