“I am Your Father” and Campbell’s Soup Buys into Lucifer’s Message

In what was probably an attempt to modernize its image, Campbell’s Soup decided to add “a wink and a smile” to its advertising messaging by including two increasingly famous “gay” men and their adopted son in their “Made for Real, Real life” campaign. [1] (For those who have not witnessed this, each “father” attempts to imitate the famous quote from the Star Wars promotion of Campbell’s.)

Before the Left and some badly formed Christians take to the streets in protest of this article, it needs to be clear that all have a right to dignified work in order to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. for themselves so long as it’s done in an ethical manner. [2,3] The word “ethical” was chosen instead of “legal” because there are many fallible civil laws on the books. “Moral” was avoided as it is summarily dismissed by those who promote the pagan philosophies of our post-Christian United States.

Therefore, this is not a commentary on homosexual actors who have the inalienable right to work. Rather, this addresses Campbell’s disappointing decision to join the politically-correct parade attempting to normalize disordered behavior. [4] Whether it’s rejecting the Ten Commandments or dismissing Natural Law, the results have never been pretty historically:

“Once the modern mind denied that man was a creature made in the image and likeness of God, it naturally fell into the error of saying that man was made in the image and likeness of the beast… But, if man is not different from nature, then what value has man? If there is no specific difference between a man and a horse, then why not yoke man to the plow of Nazism or the tractor of Marxian Socialism, or make him an instrument of the State as the Fascist intelligentsia teach today.” [5]

Campbell’s Soup would do better stick to the art of preparing food and forget about its venture into social engineering.

1 – “Campbell’s Soup Star Wars Commercial,” by Jendaya Fleming, http://arhsnewspaper.com/949/ae/campbells-soup-star-wars-commercial/, 10/21/2015

2 – “For, every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own. This is one of the chief points of distinction between man and the animal creation…it must be within his right to possess things not merely for temporary and momentary use, as other living things do, but to have and to hold them in stable and permanent possession; he must have not only things that perish in the use, but those also which, though they have been reduced into use, continue for further use in after time. ” from paragraph 6 of the encyclical Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII published 5/15/1891, http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum.html

3 – “From work comes a person’s dignity,” quote of Pope Francis, in “Pope Francis on the Dignity of Labor,” by John A. Coleman, http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/pope-francis-dignity-labor, 11/20/2013

4 – “A popular God-is-dead book in the United States argues that homosexuality will become normal in a humanistic society where there is no restriction of morals which come from religion. St. Paul declared homosexuality and atheism were related to one another as effect to cause.” From The Quotable Fulton Sheen, edited by George J. Marlin, Richard P. Rabatin and John L. Swan, an Image book by Doubleday, New York City, 1989. Quote was cited from Footprints in a Darkened Forest, page 213, New York: Meredith Pres, 1967.

5 –Ibid. with the original quote from Philosophies at War, page 52, New York: Scribner’s, 1943.

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Looking for Truth in a Church, or Just Wanting To Be Comfortable?

Deciding the religion where we believe our faith will grow best is the most important decision of our lives.  From it, we are expecting to receive the necessary guidance for our most important destination – eternal life in Heaven.  This discernment takes top priority, over our choice of career or spouse and even over what nation we choose to be loyal to.1

Some  Suggest  a  Laid-back,  No-Big-Deal  Approach

There has been a strange increase in popularity of the notion that Christians ought to join a church based on where they feel comfortable instead of discerning whether it teaches Truth.2,3  In a disturbing denial of humility, we are being encouraged to be our own experts.  So, if we really do have it all figured out, then why bother?  We can “teach” ourselves and join a congregation just for the camaraderie.  (Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising because many feel that some Commandments don’t apply to them, including the one to attend church at least every Sunday and certain holy day.)

Here are two examples of the proponents for choosing a church using subjective yardsticks.

1)   One site has the “Christian Denomination Selector.”  It contains twenty-four questions regarding religious doctrines or practices, all having the choices “I agree,” “I disagree” and “No preference” with the ability to rate the question’s priority.

2)   “If you belong to a faith community, you’ll benefit even more if you volunteer.  If you don’t belong to one, seek new places of worship that suit your current values and beliefs.”5 (emphasis added)

With minor rewording, these could easily be helpful tips on how to buy a car.

Not  a  Decision  to  be  Taken  Lightly

The impact of this choice goes beyond an individual’s earthly life.  Deciding responsibly will require more research and discernment (especially prayer) than with any other decision.  It would be easy if all Christian churches taught the same doctrine.  Of course, if that were true, then there would be unity in one Church!  Unfortunately, it is not true that “any church is as good as any other.”

Necessary points to consider include:  what does it teach, who founded the church and with what authority, how does it guide formation of conscience, can it distinguish between unchangeable practices and those which may be altered, etc. etc.  The process is not easy, but it will be worth it!

 

1 – As Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said, “We’re Catholics before we’re Democrats. We’re Catholics before we’re Republicans. We’re even Catholics before we’re Americans because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us.  And this has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries,” (Jeannine Hunter, www.washingtonpost.com, 10/24/2012)
2 — “The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.” — Pope Benedict XVI, 2005, as posted on www.gelvalle.wordpress.com, 3/10/2013 and corroborated by www.catholicglasses.com, 3/31/2012 as having been said to his first audience with German pilgrims
3 – “And, we need to do our part to help promote the healing, the reconciliation, and the authentic liturgical renewal that our Pope is trying to engender. If that means that we have to come out of our comfort zones a bit, well then, so be it. Just look at the Cross and ask yourself if He would do any less for you. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say, ‘Jesus came to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.’” (John Martignoni, www.menofstjoseph.com, 11/23/2011)
4 – by Mike Hopkins, www.SelectSmart.com, November 2001.  Was referred to by Churchmouse and Churchmouse Campanologist on its WordPress.com blog, article posted on 1/7/2011
5 – “Give Yourself a Happiness Makeover,” (quote was part of item #7 in a 10-step article) by Dan Buettner, AARP-The Magazine, February/March 2013