1st Elder: Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours.
Jor-El: My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I am not given to wild unsupported statements and I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately.
Donna Noble: [in Pompeii on warning of the impending disaster] I don’t need your permission. I’ll tell them myself.
10th Doctor: You stand in the market place announcing the end of the world, they’ll just think you’re a mad old soothsayer.
Doctor Who The Fires of Pompeii 2008
Today if you are a believing Christian particularly one of my age one of the hardest things to deal with is the complete reversal of society & culture in the last two generations to one that considered Christian ideals the template of right behavior (no matter how some acted in private) to one where all the “right” people and society teaches not only rejection of these norms but the branding of those who accept them and remain in them as bigoted evil persons.
It’s a very frustrating thing particularly when the consequences of these narcissistic moves are apparent to any person who knows history (which is one of the reasons why those who have worked hardest for this change have done their best to ignore or rewrite history at every turn.
There are a lot of people who just what Christians to be quiet, based on my appearance on Conservatively Speaking yesterday a lot of them are republicans “conservatives” calling talking radio afraid that talking values will chase away the young who have not been taught them for the last generation. To them apparently we are gadflys trying to stop them from having a good time, at last that’s the painting that our secular leftist friends have painted for them and pushed on them.
However there is a much easier way to explain why Christians care about these things to today’s generation, because the reality is Christians are not stern Isis like taskmasters trying to oppress the masses.
We are Jor-El.
For those few of you who are not familiar with the backstory of Superman Jor El is Superman’s biological father, he discovered that their home planet was blowing up and not being able to convince anyone else of that fact decided to do what he could to save his son.
We are the Jor-El’s of our world, we are working on our ships while at the same time through word and deed trying to warn others, even those who might scoff and laugh at us, so when the disaster comes they’ll be able to fly rather than sink.
This is Christianity. We are called upon to love others and if you love your fellow man you don’t want them to go down the path of destruction. So we take the abuse, the scoffing, the twitter zings and the angry shouts the mockery because not only do we as St Paul noted have to run the race ourselves (and believe me some days like last night & this morning it isn’t easy) but we’ll do this in the hopes of saving somebody anybody. Because like Donna Noble the thought of others destruction is a painful thing:
10th Doctor: That’s just it. Don’t you see, Donna? Can’t you understand? If I could go back and save them, then I would, but I can’t! I can *never* go back. I can’t. I just can’t. I can’t.
Donna Noble: Just someone. Please. Not the whole town. Just save someone.
As St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:
Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law. To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
As long as there is life, your ship can be built and even if you laugh at us, we’ll do our best to convince you to get started while there is still time.