Corpus Christi: Are You Pissed Off?

I got an angry e-mail in bolded red text recently.

The movie Corpus Christi is due to be released this June to August. This disgusting film set to appear in America later this year and it depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals!

As a play, this has already been in theatres for a while. It's called Corpus Christi which means "The Christ Body."

It's a revolting mockery of our Lord. But, we can make a difference. That's why I am sending this e-mail to you. If you do send this around, we may be able to prevent this film from showing in America and South Africa. Apparently, some regions in Europe have already banned the film. We need lot of prayers and a lot of e-mails. As a Christian, I want to take a stand in what I believe in and stop the mockery of Jesus Christ our Savior.

At the risk of a bit of inconvenience, I'm forwarding this to all I think would appreciate it. Please help us prevent such offenses against our Lord. It will take you less than 2 minutes! If you are not interested, and do not have the 2 minutes it will take to do this, please don't complain when God does not have time for you, because He is far busier than we are. Remember, Jesus said "Deny Me on earth and I'll deny you before my Father."

Really? If I don't forward this e-mail, God won't have the time for me?

Does Jesus Christ really need my defense? Can't Jesus Christ, who is God, handle himself in a knockdown dragout? No? He needs Pete Walker from suburban Oregon to back him up? Wow, Jesus is really stretched for friends...

The truth is, if we think God needs our defense - and MILITANCE - when someone is taking artistic liberties - then we aren't really Christians at all. We're Jihadists. No offense to Muslims, but we've created a Christian incarnation of a fundamentalist Allah.

In John 4, when Jesus sits at the well with the Samaritan woman, we forget what - exactly - is transpiring: a Samaritan woman (looked down upon by Jewish society) with a bad reputation (wasn't hard to get one in the 1st Century) was sitting alone with a single Jewish man. And they were talking. Intimately.

Someone may have thought they were flirting.

Someone may have assumed even more.

Someone might have made a musical about it.

Who cares what people want to suggest or explore about the nature, humanity, godhood, history, divinity, complexity, or mystery of Jesus of Nazareth. Back in the 70s a bunch of folks got angry about a movie by Martin Scorsese. The movie was based on a book by a Greek guy named Nikos Kazantzakis. And his book is one of the most beautiful things I've ever read - even if it doesn't align with my view of Christ.

Christians: stop being so angry! We don't have a RIGHT to be pissed off! WE have been the empire in the Western World for the last 1,700 years. Let's try reading about meekness, gentleness, kindness, love, patience, long-suffering... hmmm... the sorts of things that taste like a certain kind of fruit.

There's also a city in Texas called Corpus Christi. I'll bet some sinners live there.

FYI: there IS no Corpus Christi movie. Yes, there's a major music. But the movie is a falsehood, meant to keep pissing Christians off because the picket-sign industry is having a tough time in this recession. points out that this particular petition has been circulating and then surfing the web since 1984.

Christians, we've got to find something better to do with our time...


Wickle said...

I really love the e-mails that tell me God won't love me if I don't forward them.

By now, He must have just about had it with me, since my Inbox is where forwards go to die.

Anyway ... Besides the fact that Christians should be smarter than this, why do we get bent out of shape when the secular world doesn't honor Jesus?

I was reading some message about a cardinal in the Vatican getting upset because a Jewish comedian denied the virgin birth and made fun of the idea that Jesus was walking on water.

So ... Jewish guys aren't Christians? Maybe that's ... ummm ... why he's Jewish? Just a thought.

So many of these lies get forwarded everywhere, and you're right that it's long since time we stopped believing in them.

Existential Punk said...


Boy, you sure do know a lot of very different kinds of people, don't you?!!! :)

FYI, the film came out in 1988, as i read the book my senior year of high school for religion class in a Catholic high school!

i hate when people use fear and threats, thinking they SPEAK for G-D! How arrogant! Did you respond to this person?


madcat said...

I am christian, but stupid, ill-informed christians really put me off.

And truly, if God be true, He wouldn't need anyone to defend Him.


Peter said...

Adele, unfortunately (and shockingly) it came to my WORK inbox. It was an ex-co-worker, who forwarded the e-mail to a bunch of my co-workers.

No one else publicly replied ('reply all') to the e-mail so I was just glad not to get pulled into an argument. My gut wanted to respond, but it's a hornets nest I'd prefer to keep out of my work e-mail.

If it came to my home, it would have been another story. Hope that doesn't make me a complacent jerk ;)

Oh, oops - 1988 - I don't know why I said 70s. Yes. 80s. Well, I like the film, but I LOVE the book.

Peter said...

Wickle, that's funny. Yeah, forwards are pretty much that way for me too.

And yeah - do we really except the world to have a well-developed Christology? Ummm...

Al said...

I haven't seen this one before, I feel quite out of the loop. Perhaps I should send it to the 'friends' who send me all the other tripe that litters my inbox as well. Or not.
Thanks to the incredibly high percentage of 'non-truths' that get circulated by email, my first reaction to anything like this is first to check it out at snopes or truthorfiction. Then, if I'm worked up enough about it, I respond back to the sender that it is a bunch of (expletive deleted), and that they shouldn't be so quick to jump on the fear-mongering wagon that so many Christians like to ride.
And yes, I love the ones that not only induce fear, but guilt if you don't pass them along (because it supposedly shows that you are ashamed to be a Christian.) If that was true Christianity, I would be ashamed!
Thanks, Peter, for giving me a chance to ride one of my favorite hobby horses. Now I'm going to get off, and bring him a bucket of oats. Whoa, Trigger!

DesiraƩ Rochelle said...

I just wrote a paper about Jesus' scandalous act with the woman at the well. :) It made me smile to see you refer to it!

Elaine Jones Hansen said...

Ahhh! You've hit on one of my pet peeves - malicious emails.

Yes, the ones related to Christianity seem the worst to me. And yes, I too am the dead letter inbox for these.

If one of these is particularly offensive, I HAVE to respond to the sender. I especially love it when they don't blind copy. Then my reply with a link to the origin of the myth goes to all their associates.

(I had one person angrily respond that she didn't care if it wasn't true.)

Are people mindlessly sending these things on without thinking about it? or do they really want to believe them?

Whoever creates these bogus emails must be sitting in a corner having a good laugh on how gullible people are to accept as truth anything that comes into their inbox from a "friend".

Wickle said...

Well, why should someone care if it's true?

I mean, why not spread lies and untruths in God's name? Won't that make Him happy?

Ummm ... never mind.

Peter said...

Elaine, thanks for sharing!

I once responded to an anti-Muslim e-mail from a Christian friend. It was painfully harsh, and I "replied-all" with a gentle reminder that Christianity is guilty of an awful lot of human atrocities. At one point I used the term "transcendent love" regarding taking on the character of Christ.

That "transcendent" term led to a few allegations that I'd become "New Age."


Something about pearls and swine comes to mind, but I don't want to sound judgmental.

lunchboxsw said...

Just have to say that I totally agree about the power of the gospel. If the gospel message and the Kingdom of God are what we believe them to be, then the Kingdom will endure apart from whatever we do or don't do in its defense!

Thanks for your perspective, Peter. Keep ringing out the truth!!!

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