Deadpool, the latest in the Marvel Comics X-Men film series, dropped this weekend. Surprise surprise, John Piper had something to say about it. His comments (lightly edited) can be found at the Desiring God website.
Turns out the movie has some nudity in it. And that is of HUGE concern to Piper. Piper preaches complete avoidance (“TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”) as a test of one’s faith in Christ.
This is the thing with Piper: True to Neo-Calvinistic form, he takes an issue which is of secondary importance at best, and elevates it to a place of do-or-die significance where it suddenly becomes the linchpin of faith in Jesus Christ. This is how we show the world who we are as Christians, this is how we prove our faithfulness to Jesus Christ: By completely and totally avoiding this godless piece of utterly heathen cinematic filth. Have nothing whatsoever to do with it. That is how the world will know you are Christians, and that is how you will know you are a Christian.
John Piper has been on my shit list ever since “Farewell Rob Bell” a couple of years back, and things like this are a big part of the reason why.