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Muppets Uncoupled…But Why?

kermit-piggyThey want to destroy your childhood memories! Well, maybe “destroy” is a little harsh, but that’s the way it feels sometimes. I suppose that the “conscious uncoupling” of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy is just another swipe at “traditional” things. But here is my question, “why?” What purpose does it serve?

Perhaps I’m taking this one personally since the Muppets were a staple for kids growing up in the 70’s & 80’s. I admit that the Muppets weren’t exactly “high brow” or morally driven. But at least there was one constant for 40+ years: Kermit & Piggy stayed together through it all.

In fact, in an interview with People Magazine last year, Miss Piggy said that she and Kermit had finally tied the knot! Piggy said that it is “a real shame you can only do this once, at least if you’re doing it right.” Amen, Piggy.

But a new Muppets show is coming to ABC. And, when the traditional, pure, or lovely no longer serves you, throw those ideas out with last week’s garbage.

The new show needs to boost ratings. And what gets attention better than taking something innocent from childhood and defiling it? Deviant minds find the idea to be, well…delicious. Soil anything that smells of purity!

Of course, Kermit and Piggy’s uncoupling simply reflects the effect that post-modern thinking has had on the writers and directors. After all, the new law of the jungle is: when coupling is convenient, fine…when inconvenient, destroy.

The things of this world have been dying since Eden. And one day, all the elements themselves will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). But, in the meantime, some things are meant to last. Marriage is one (Mark 10:9).

While there are reasons given in Scripture for separation (ie., Matthew 5:32), “conscious uncoupling” was never God’s plan. And whether we promote it for people or force it on puppets, it just shows how far we have gone in the wrong direction.

The world tramples the traditional, defiles the pure, and applauds “conscious uncoupling.” Are we better for it? Give it some consideration.

From Yacht to Ghost Ship

The vessel once hosted dignitaries like British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and was the site of serious discussions during the Truman administration. The USS Williamsburg pictured in the 1940's.

Having just come back from a trip to Williamsburg, VA not too long ago, it was the name that caught my attention. It was a story on the news about the U.S.S. Williamsburg, the former yacht used by Harry S. Truman. It was literally a floating White House at times. Truman used the Williamsburg for business and vacations.  In fact, the Williamsburg was the grandest of yachts ever used by a president. But what I heard next about the ship was disappointing.

This once grand ship is rusting away in an Italian shipyard, having fallen into disrepair and neglect. When Dwight Eisenhower became President in 1953, he wasn’t interested in using the Williamsburg, and ordered her to be decommissioned. The yacht went through a series of damages and owners with varied purposes, but eventually investors purchased her and moved her to Italy with the intent to restore the Williamsburg to her former glory. Those plans have failed and the yacht has continued to rust and decay at dock.

You might ask, “how does this kind of thing happen?” Actually, decay and rust are the natural order of things for this world. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-20).

When you think of damage to your soul, do you think of immediate destruction or neglect over time? Most of us focus on trying to avoid the “big” sins. But often, ignoring everyday maintenance can cause worse destruction. Over time, we might find ourselves mere shells of our former glory, rotting inside, rusted, and “unseaworthy.” The good news is that through the blood of Christ, we can be restored to glory in God’s eyes. Won’t you come to Him today? Become a child of God or be restored today and be fit for service once more in His Kingdom!