I typically get funny looks when I admit to Christian friends that I’ve always loved watching Bill Maher. I was disappointed when his Politically Incorrect went off the air. I found it to be especially eye-opening and stimulating. Somehow, Maher and his guests would consistently pop the lid on cultural issues. . . . getting down and dirty with commentary and opinion that crossed the full spectrum (usually) of idealogies and worldviews on the issues at hand.
People also find it strange that I like Bill Maher himself. He’s incredibly gifted. I would have been jealous of the guy if he had sat a row over from me in any of my high school classes. He’s smart. He’s funny. He knows what the issues are. Rarely do I agree with him, but sometimes he does get it right. I have yet to see his film Religulous, but it’s on my list.
Since I don’t have HBO at home, I only get to see Real Time when I’m on the road in hotels that have got HBO access. Monday night I was in Boston when I caught Real Time. The entire show is worth a look for those of you who are culture-watchers. But what really grabbed me was Maher’s seven-and-a-half minute interview with Sean Combs (aka Diddy, P-Diddy, Puff-Daddy, and a host of other variations that are impossible to keep up with). As a culture-watcher, I found the interview to be brilliant in a variety of ways. Maher is his typical funny self. Combs is uncharacteristically humble – something I’ve never seen from the guy before. What grabbed me most is their interaction with each other, the way their worldviews are expressed, and the topics that they cover in their short time together. They hit everything from politics, to racism, to music, to religion. Of course, when doesn’t Bill Maher mention religion these days????
If you’re a culture-watcher, give this clip a look. It’s a mirror of where we’re at as a culture. It’s a clear picture of the context in which we’ve been called to minister. It’s both hilariously funny and deeply sobering. This is our world. . . . like it or not.
Let’s get some discussion going on this one. Thoughts?