Monday, August 9, 2010

Little Bird, Little Bird.

Ever once in awhile I stumble across something that really warms my heart. I don't know how many readers are familiar with the tv show Futurama, which I can't wholeheartedly recommend due to some of its content, but one recent episode really spoke to me. For those of you not familiar, the show takes place in New New York City in the year 3,000. One of the characters, a robot named Bender, discovers that he has a fatal virus that will kill him anywhere between "one second and one hundred billion years" from now. The reason, a malfunctioning part that was missed by the quality control inspector. Bender Figures out that it was "Inspector Number 5" and sets out on a quest for revenge, assisted by his friend, Hermes Conrad, a Jamaican accountant/bureaucrat. As their search goes on, they find that all information relating to Inspector Number 5 has been destroyed. Eventually they find a house in Mexico he may have once lived in, but not after fleeing from the evil gatling gun toting robots who serve Mom (the owner of Mom's Friendly Robots, Benders manufacturer.) who are set on destroying him to keep her "perfect" malfunction rate intact. Cornered in the house in Mexico, Hermes hacks into the computer and lists Bender as dead, so the robots will mistakenly think they have succeeded in their mission. Upon returning to their home, Benders friend Fry asks him if he ever found Inspector Number 5, to which Bender says no. He then leaves the room, and we see Hermes burning a red envelope, labeled Inspector Number 5. A flashback starts, revealing a "baby" Bender, fresh of the assembly line, being inspected by a young Hermes. When the device he uses to check for malfunctions says Bender is defective, Hermes picks him up to discard, but upon holding Bender, and seeing the sad box of broken, defective robots that Bender was about to go into, he quickly places him back on the assembly line and overrides the machine. Hermes then turns in his resignation. During the flashback this song plays in the background.

I was so struck by how similar this is to our relationship with God. We are broken, sinful creatures (Bender is basically the foil of all that is good in the show)but God still loved us so much that he sent he sent his Son to die for us. John 15:13 says "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." And constant sinners we are, we accept God's love and then throw it back in his face again and again, but in the end he is ALWAYS there to save us. Hebrews 13:5 b "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Just as Hermes was always there to keep Bender safe, god is always there to watch over and forgive us when we fail.

For those of you interested, it was Season 6 episode 6, Lethal Inspection.

Lucas M

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