CBS’s atheist comedy Young Sheldon took yet another swing at its favorite target, Christianity, on Thursday’s episode, “Snoopin’ Around and the Wonder Twins of Atheism.” And while there’s nothing funny about painting Christian believers as clueless fools and God as cruel and fictitious, an opportunity to disparage Christianity always trumps comedy when it comes to this show.
The writers wasted no time as this scene from Sunday School where the church’s pastor (Matt Hobby) becomes intimidated and flustered by questions the students ask him – especially Sheldon (Iain Armitage) – happens within the first minute:
Adult Sheldon (voiceover). The remainder of my day consisted of football, church and Sunday school.
Pastor Jeff: Then his mother placed baby Moses into a basket, and sent him downstream.
Missy, what’s the deal?
Pastor Jeff He may have been crying through the night because his parents needed to take a rest. Maybe his grandmother came to visit him, but she was jet-lag from her Dallas flight.
Sheldon Pharaoh wanted all of the male babies killed so she did it.
Missy Is that really what the Bible says?
Missy, my mom won’t even let me read Judy Blume.
Billy: Sheila, the Great transformed my life.
Pastor Jeff It all goes back to Moses. Pharaoh’s daughter found him. He went on leading the Israelites from Egypt to freedom. God’s plan is for everyone, so even when it seems impossible, God will not abandon you.
Missy Was there a plan?
Pastor Jeff It is difficult to answer.
Sheldon It was decided to dump them into the river.
Missy Innocent babies?
Billy This isn’t cool.
Pastor Jeff It was Pharaoh. That wasn’t God.
Sheldon It’s part of God’s plan, you say. What is the best way to sleep at night?
Pastor Jeff becomes so overwhelmed that he hires a youth minister to help him. Liberals love to simplify and twist difficult Bible passages to create doubt, and make believers seem foolish.
Sheldon and Missy’s mom, Mary (Zoe Perry), is a strong Christian, but even she is unable to defend her faith. When she tells her children the church is hiring a youth pastor to “get young kids excited about God,” Missy asks, “The same God who lets babies get thrown in rivers?” Mary nervously explains, “Well, that was Old Testament God. He gets more fun later.”
Missy ends up turning to her brother Georgie (Montana Jordan) for answers, but he comes up “short(s)” as well:
Georgie: Georgie! Why are you so obsessed with The Ten Commandments.
Missy: Just a thought about God.
Georgie: What’s the deal?
Missy It’s hard to believe that a God who is supposed to be good can allow such terrible things.
Georgie: Hmmm. It’s interesting. Yo! MTV RapsWhich?
Missy, Yes. Missy: Yes. Do you believe God is real?
Georgie says yes.
Missy In the Bible, however, He doesn’t do all that bad stuff. It’s not fair for Him to do such things if He’s so good.
Georgie: Perhaps He wants to demonstrate He’s in command. Hulk Hogan is nice but in the ring, it will ruin you.
Missy, That could be either really intelligent or very stupid.
Georgie, That is what I do.
Missy Have you ever wondered if this is all a hoax?
Georgie This is Texas. Football is our favorite sport. God is our favorite.Beef is also a good choice. Beef, also.
Missy However, how can you be sure that there’s God?
Georgie Is that a girl wearing them shorts? You have a God.
When Missy remarks to Sheldon that it “seems a little scary to just stop believing,” he asks, “Is it more comforting to believe in a God who could flood the world and kill everyone because he had a bad day?” Missy tells him that’s a good point, making it clear no one in the writers’ room understands Christianity.
Missy eventually decides she doesn’t believe in God and refuses to go to church. But when Mary says the new youth pastor will be there, Sheldon gets excited and declares, “We can attack his belief system together. Like the Wonder Twins of Atheism.”
Thankfully, Youth Pastor Rob explains to the children, “God is real. God is everywhere. And God loves you,” but he precedes that by saying the Bible is “just a book,” as he purposefully drops it on the floor.
Missy tells her mom on the drive home, “Pastor Rob said it doesn’t matter if I believe in God ’cause God believes in me.” Sheldon adds, “Well, I told him religion isn’t objective and there’s no proof for it.” When Mary says she bets the pastor didn’t like that, Sheldon counters, “He loved it. He quoted Kierkegaard and said if you could prove it, there’d be no room for faith.”
While this is technically true, there has been incredibly strong, scientific proof of the Bible that’s been discovered in recent years. Eric Metaxas is the author of Is Atheism Dead or Alive? This proof was presented by the author during an engaging speech at Cornerstone Chapel, Leesburg, VA.
Too bad Hollywood doesn’t seem to consult real Christian leaders for these storylines the way they work with GLAAD, BLM activists, and Planned Parenthood on stories. That’s because their real goal is to disparage Christianity. They are not strong enough to defend the Word of God, so a sitcom that is liberal and bigoted will fail.
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