Total Depravity can be so cute!

Oh, our robot armies march to the beating of our heart!

Love was once a crazy dream
Now it’s our new evil scheme
And we’re as happy as can be
It’s an age old story
How an evil boy meets an evil girl
We got a love strong enough to rule the whole wide world
We both maniacally laugh at all the same stuff
I found my other half – yeah!
I found my evil love!

When you find a show that features lyrics like that, you know you’ve uncovered a winner.

I’m talking, of course, about Phineas and Ferb, the show that proves Disney hasn’t totally sold their soul to make cardboard tv shows. Some of their soul-selling has actually netted them something that’s fun for kids and adults.

The show features a pair of stepbrothers who are determined to make every day of summer vacation count. They go on various adventures, from making a roller coaster to discovering Atlantis to curing a friend of the hiccups by building a haunted house. Their sister constantly attempts to bust them in their adventures. Meanwhile, their pet platypus, Perry, runs around as a secret agent for OWCA (The Organization Without a Cool Acronym). He battles the evil Doctor Doofenschmirtz.

Really, the show is insane, creative, and features about a song an episode that usually lodges itself in your brain like a virus.

Now, why am I praising this show so much?

Well, I want to put what I’m about to say in context. I love this show. I actually get worked up about the characters. I want to see Candace and Jeremy work out as a couple. I laugh out loud (really!) at least once every half hour of entertainment. My bride and I sing the songs to each other.

And then… we get to good old sinful human nature.

It’s a Christmas episode. (Of course it is.) Doctor Doofenschmirtz has created the “Naughty-inator” which clouds the city in a stink of “naughty,” which will force Santa to skip the city in his yearly run.

The children receive their letters to Santa back, marked “Naughty!” Which leads into this song…

Of course, in the end, Phineas and Ferb save the day and bring Christmas back to Danville.

However, did you catch it in the song?

The kids can’t fathom that they’ve been naughty. They all thought they were really nice. Could it be that they were blinded to some “little hidden vice”?

Oh, you sinful human nature that never owns up to its total depravity.

See, I can’t blame the show’s creators, writers, or anyone involved in the production. They’re merely repeating what the entire world has been led to believe: We’re basically good people, aren’t we? We can’t be that bad. I mean, my conscience is mostly clear, and those things that were wrong were mistakes or I felt bad enough about that I must have made up for it by now.

Never mind what God says:

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 14:3)

The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. (Romans 8:7)

Where did we go wrong? We went wrong when we rebelled against God and thought we were still good. We went wrong when we looked in the mirror and saw a “good person.” We might be nice, but that doesn’t mean we’re loving.

We might be blinded… but God isn’t. And he doesn’t mess around with sin. He demands justice.

And see, this is why Christmas is so awesome. It’s not because we’re so nice we get presents. It’s because God is so awesome that he became one of us. He really did do everything right. He was the one who deserved all the presents… and instead of keeping what he earned, he shares with all the brats that were rightfully on the naughty list.

Like me.

So Phineas and Ferb isn’t a Christian show. Go figure – something from Disney not Christian!? It’s still a fun show and usually doesn’t preach anything other than imagination.

But it’s amazing how at Christmas the sinful nature really runs amok. It’ll ignore Easter wholesale, but Christmas – that must be a chance to be nice and earn some presents.

Well, I wasn’t nice, but I still get the best present of all: Jesus!


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