Jesus Christ, Jack Bauer, and Mark Driscoll

6 06 2006

jack.jpgMark Driscoll, Senior Pastor of Marshill Church, and leader of Acts 29 ministries, recently made an interesting comparison on his blog.

Driscoll compares Jack Bauer, the popular star of the hit TV thriller 24, to the Lord Jesus Christ. He sites various venerable qualities about the character played by Kiefer Sutherland that are fully realized in Christ.

This was an interesting and appealing evaluation for me, as 24 is the only television show that I watch. Further, I work hard at evaluating my heart and affections regularly to be certain that the Lord Jesus Christ has supremacy in my devotion. So therefore, the possibility that Jack Bauer and the Lord have anything in common was met with a sort of forbidden optimism. [I don’t feel guilty for staying up to 2 am to watch the next 24 CD with my wife, but if Driscoll is right, the correlation may help me sleep better ;-D…]

I will say right up front that I was uncomfortable with this comparison. And frankly, I find myself uncomfortable with about every third word that comes out of Driscoll’s mouth, but that is another story and this is perhaps why he is so popular, and perhaps why I enjoy “interacting” with him, as it forces me to be discerning.

As I thought about Driscoll’s post, I wondered why I was so uncomfortable…is it what he said, or is it how he said it, or is it where he said it? If I was hanging out with some friends and someone said this, how would I react?

Driscoll says:

At the risk of sounding blasphemous, I would like to offer the suggestion that perhaps 24 is incredibly popular because Jack Bauer is a lot like Jesus

Jack and Jesus are both dudes who worked in construction.

Jack and Jesus both oppose evil and seek to bring forth a glorious shalom world, free of tyranny and evildoers

Jack and Jesus were both betrayed by a close friend who ended up dying as a result of his sin.

Jack and Jesus are both saviors willing to lay down their life for those they love.

Jack and Jesus were both resurrected from death; Jack was essentially put to death to fool the Chinese government and then resuscitated.

Driscoll even uses the 24 storyline to passively exhort Bible teachers to explain context thoroughly when preaching.

At the end of the day, I like his post, his analogy, and his thinking. I guess I’m just used to calling Jesus Lord as opposed to dude. If a friend made this correlation I’d applaud his creativity and we’d continue to talk about the imprint of the divine nature on man and his desire for righteousness and justice, even while suppressing the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1).

So props to Mark Driscoll for a good post, for making me think and for being the guy at the bbq whether he is in his blog, his pulpit, or at the bbq.

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5 responses

6 06 2006
Half-Waked

Now I know why my wife and I (after watching episode seven of season five on itunes last night) knelt down and asked Jack to come into our hearts =J

If only Jesus would have said things like, “you have read my file and you know what I am capable of.”

2 11 2006
Ched

Yea, I liked this. What do you think of his latest Bauer Comparison?

2 11 2006
erik

I have not heard anything new…

13 11 2006
Ryan Day

I like the comparison – it redeems culture! Anytime we can use culture to illustrate the things of God, I say go for it.

I recently have been turned on to Driscoll – sometimes he says things that I never would at my church, but his heart is good, his theology is strong and he is leading a great church in Seattle!

13 11 2006
momos

first of all Jesus Rocks and had way better lines than jack, but…
I am glad to finaly find a group of people who arn’t to thick headed to realize what mark is saying (in general, not just this specific topic). Some of the other looneys out there would say “Mark shouldn’t say that, because people are going to think that jack is god”
I praise you all for your gift of understanding… that might sound silly, but after what i’ve heard i’m gratefull everytime somebody understands something.

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