Emerging from the Chinese Church

Cultural Lessons from the Simpsons | March 31, 2007

I’ve always taken to “The Simpsons” TV show… I confess I actually watch it every night before I sleep 😉  Maybe it’s because there is so much to learn about pop culture in the show?  Maybe it’s the religious overtones and snappy “christian” quotes that have been infamously thrown around the show… or maybe because… I can relate to the characters because they’re all CHINESE!  HAHA!  Well… yellow at least? 😉

In one of the newer episodes, after an incident where one of his Ned Flanders’ boys hurt himself at a funhouse where Marge Simpsons brings them, Ned decides to not let Marge watch his kids ever again. After a while, the kids confront him about how they feel about her:




flanders.png Ned Flanders: “All diddly aside boys what is it about her that you miss so much?”

rodflanders.gif Rod Flanders: “She made us feel happy!”

toddflanders.gif Todd Flanders: “Not ‘church’ happy but ‘real’ happy!”


I just had a conversation with a friend from church who has been attending for a while. The situation was much different, but the sentence from Todd Flanders echoes the same sentiment.

…ouch… 😦

I wonder how many more people are feeling things about “church” aren’t “real”



  1. If you have not read it already, I recommend reading the book THE SIMPSONS AND PHILOSOPHY (edited by William Irwin, Mark T. Conrad, and Aeon J, Skoble). It’s arranged in short essays, many of which relate to your post. Enjoy!

    Comment by megevil — April 15, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  2. I just heard the “not church happy” phrase and googled it. Wow! I”m amazed to find this site. A Canadian Chinese believer comments on the Simpsons! I guess the internet has it all. My husband and I are involved in East Asia Outreach at our church, a Vineyard.

    Comment by Ruth Wegman — July 24, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

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