After all, are you man or muppet?

Posted: December 28, 2011 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Family
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Text by Josaías Jr

Deciding matters about issues not directly related to religious or moral issues is a nightmare for many Christians. I know, because, it has always been mine.

After all, how can I know if God will approve the way I followed? What if he wanted me to be an architect and I ended up in advertisement? Not only that—there is still the matter of the motivations of my heart. I want to get married, but was I sinning when I only looked for girls that I considered pretty? Do I sin now for considering my girlfriend to be the prettiest girl in the planet? Is it not shallow or even selfish? Am I holier if I hate my job than the guy who loves what he does?

We usually do not know which way to follow and if we have the right motivations.

The new Muppets movie raises this issue at the end of the second act, when two of the main characters must decide the way to follow. We see the brothers Gary and Walter—played respectively by Jason Segel and a puppet, questioning whether they are men or muppets.

Without dwelling on the issue of how a human being and a puppet can be related, what we need to comprehend about them is the following: Walter and Gary grew up together, they are very close brothers, partners at sports and music, and Muppets fans.  And when Gary invites Mary, who has been his girlfriend for 10 years, to a trip to Los Angeles, he couldn’t leave his brother behind. “It is never me and him. It is always me and him and him”, the girl sings.

And in the middle of the quest to get back the Muppet Theatre, the question is made.  Gary must decide between a life with Mary, or to keep attached to his brother, to his childhood dreams and to the muppets. On the other hand, Walter must decide whether he’ll use his talents alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole muppets gang, or stick with Gary and keep dodging from singing before an audience waiting for a spectacle.

There is a connection between the decisions we make and the gifts we receive.

Just like it happens with Gary and Walter, none of the options were properly sinful. Being with your family is something good. Also is “leaving home” and put to use something God gave to you. Where to go? What to do?

There are some important parameters that the Bible teaches and the Muppets illustrates in the film:

1) There are different vocations, even for people in a common context. Walter should join the Muppets since the other option would lead him to remain in his hometown, hiding his talent. Gary should marry Mary, and remain in his hometown, without a complete involvement with the Muppets.

That reminds us the calls that Christ made when He was here in the Earth. Some should abandon everything to live with the Master; others should live their vocations at home, at work, collaborating financially with Jesus’ earthly ministry. And while some shouldn’t bury his own father (Mathew 8.21,22), others, like Mary and Martha, fulfilled their mission staying at home.

2) The man’s calling. Some think that the Bible has no commands regarding man abandoning childhood and growing up to take responsibilities. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible teaches that this is precisely the man’s role.

When Mary asks her boyfriend whether he wants to be a man or a muppet, she raises an issue that every boy must face eventually. Genesis 1 and 2 gives us directions about this growth moment. It is fitting for a man to take initiative and lead his wife, by leaving his parents. He must become the protector and provider for his new home. If you, boy, hasn’t decide it yet, even if you don’t have a girlfriend in sight, be a man!

3) The talents and passions we receive. As for Walter, other important factors led him to the right decision. He had the artistic skill which made him an important piece in the Muppet Show. Not only that! He loved Kermit’s gang work.

Many times, our gifts gives us signs that lead us to the work God wants us to do. Whether in the local church or at our profession, we must consider what was given to us. It may be ingratitude or mediocrity not to use them. If Walter was to remain at home, fearing to face the public, he wouldn’t be using his talent to help his friends.

Wanting to be a good husband, a good father, having a good life, having a people reaching ministry, dreaming with a better workplace, seeking knowledge and art skills – all of this can be good examples of God glorifying paths, since they seek to fulfill God’s commands to the human being. Since most of this blog’s readers can’t choose to be a muppet, I recommend you look for your calling, following the parameters above – the command God gave us right from the start.

There is, however, something we must consider – assuming that I love what I do, and I’m good at it, is God calling me to do it? Not necessarily.

After the Fall, things became messy. Our wishes were God given, but sin tainted them, and what was once healthy now is sick. The fact is that not always following what we like and using the talents we have are signs of a calling. Many times, we are good at sinning. And we all, by nature, love to sin.

Your decision must glorify God and bless your neighbor. It doesn’t help the case if you like and it good at theft – God is being dishonored, your calling isn’t being fulfilled and your work is useless.

Curioulsy, the Muppets present a third category beyond being a man or a muppet. It is a good example of how being good at something and liking it does not lead us to God’s will. More about that in the next post.

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