Homer Simpson on God and Religion
You may not think of Homer Simpson as a model philosopher, but Homer Simpson tells us a lot about how the average American views God and religion. To many Americans, God doesn't seem to even exist, unless they want or need something. It's nice to have someone, real or make believe, that you can turn to in times of need. God seems to fill that position for many Americans. Homer Simpson illustrates this point perfectly when he was praying to a waffle on the ceiling for tickets to a game, but when the tickets came to him from his overly Christian neighbor, Ned Flanders, he was quick to blame God for mocking him! Poor God! He seems to always get the short end of the stick!
About 78% of Americans consider themselves to be Christians. but how many of those followers actually go to church because they want to, rather than out of some sense of obligation? Homer Simpson's biggest beef about church is that he has to waste on hour of his week being bored at church, and for what? Doesn't God love us whether we go to church or not? Wouldn't God prefer genuine worship over the forced and insincere worship of disgruntled churchgoers?
Homer Simpson points out one really great fact about Christianity. If you backslide, you can always recant on your deathbed and be accepted into heaven, so what's the point of adhering to the rules now? Does it really make any difference what we do, if we can just confess and all of our sins and be forgiven at any time? A person could be cruel, unforgiving and downright nasty all their life, and still be admitted into heaven if he accepts Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. It doesn't give one much motivation to be good.
So, you may not think of Homer Simpson as a smart fellow, or a great philosopher, nor as an expert in religion, but he certainly brings some insight into the American views of religion and God. At this pont you may be thinking, "Doh!" I know I am.