The Simpsons. They’re the all-American family and one of the best written TV series voted by the Writer’s Guild of America and the smartest according to Vibe. I more than agree that the Simpsons is a staple to modern television, the “literal caricature of America”, and produces awesome criticisms on social issues. One of these issues – you guessed it – is religion. The Simpsons isn’t the only satirical cartoon to speak on religion, but it might have been the first to do it on Prime Time television.
Remember that episode when Homer decides to skip church? Here it is to refresh your memory:
Aside from having the best day ever, Homer brings up thoughtful points on the structure of religion. My all-time favourite is when he’s on his knees explaining to God, “I’m not a bad guy, I work hard and I love my kids, so why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I’m going to Hell?” God, being the unconditional-loving type, understands. An understanding God, who woulda thunk it? Homer (or maybe George Meyer) perceives God in much the same way as I do. And really, who wouldn’t want such a chill creator?
There’s a reason that people are leaving the church and it’s not because they’re less faithful. Church is a wonderful experience and a miracle for Catholicism with the presence and sacrament of Jesus through the Eucharist, and for this reason church is important. But as Micah J. Murray states, “Some people talk of church as if it’s a package deal, take it or leave it. As if we can’t reject the subculture while still embracing the mission. As if we can’t disown the political machine and still embrace the community.”
I don’t believe I am less of a Catholic for choosing not to go to Church every Sunday. We’ve all had different experiences in our life and we all have valid reasons for our choices. I believe that the worship of God can happen anywhere, not just a stuffy church where everyone (including Ned Flanders) is quick to leave after their weekly duty.
Sarah Durocher is currently studying the art of writing, while making delicious Pumpkin Spice Lattes on the side (how cliché of her). With a passion for all things fantastic, Sarah first fell in love with writing through Harry Potter and aspires to write children’s stories that will whisk away a new generation to fantastic places. She enjoys watching anything by Tim Burton or starring Johnny Depp and will never pass up a Disney movie. Ever.