Breaking Good

Breaking Good

I watched a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad. I quite enjoyed them but never really got into the series.
The production was excellent. The writing and dialogue were very good. The characters were interesting and believable. The premise was new and had good scope. I even appreciated the dark humour of it all. All of these things should have made me like it.
I guess I just need my heroes to be people who want to do the right thing. I guess that I’m one who believes that a healthy society needs rules that citizens obey. And Breaking Bad was essentially too nihilistic for me. Or perhaps its values were expressed in close relationships that didn’t encompass all of society. No doubt there are those will argue the point of BB’s values with me and I’ll gladly have those conversations. Perhaps I didn’t watch enough of the show.
But it leaves me in a bit of a quandary. I want to be part of a society that keeps good rules. But I also want to stretch and break them. This true of my experience in the life of the church. We have a lot “rules” within our church. How we do things, what we expect from each other. And I keep wanting to turn them around.
Perhaps I’m just a bit of a contrarian. Maybe.
The reading from Act’s this week (Acts 11:1-18) shows Peter making his excuse to the Jerusalem church council of why he broke one of the biggest rules of all. He ate and associated with gentiles. Unsanitary behaviour indeed.
The telling point of his story is that the gentiles had experienced the Spirit of God in the same way that the members of the Jerusalem church had. God had broken the rules! Not Peter. He had just been doing what he was told!
Interesting. I wonder what that means for our church. Or am I just making up excuses!