Reconciliation on Rick and Morty

D. Marquel

D. Marquel
February 2, 2022

In Season 5 of the animated series, does true enlightenment finally come for everyone’s favorite self-absorbed mad scientist?

February 14, 2022

I saw part a Season 5 Rick & Morty episode when visiting a distant family member.

What I saw was overrun with violence. Rick was an angry man, full of profanity, and unloving. Mr. Nimbus's entire personality was grotesquely sexual and deeply prideful. I couldn't finish any more and left.

I understand the purpose of Think Christian is to look for God in all places in creation. There is a danger, however, in giving license to gratuitous violence, anger, and sex, in which we are a vicarious participant. One day, we will have to give an account to our loving Lord:

"Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ." (I Corinthians 8:9-12).

I urge you to reconsider presenting Rick & Morty as a means to explore 'enlightenment,' lest we cause our brothers and sisters weakness.

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
February 15, 2022

Thanks for your comment Charles, and for bringing your concerns so that we can practice discernment together as a community. That's something we value at Think Christian. As to I Corinthians 8: 9-12, it's probably important to clarify our intent with posts such as these. The aim is not to encourage all Christians to watch something like Rick and Morty, but to provide a space for those who are watching the show or are interested in it to consider it alongside God's story - where it falls short, at times, but also where it offers (perhaps unintentionally) echoes of the gospel. Certainly if anyone finds Rick and Morty to be a stumbling block in their faith, we would support their decision not to watch it.

Thanks again,

Josh Larsen
TC editor

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