Monday, October 14, 2013

Peanuts, Pumpkins and Prophets

Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin in the most "sincere" patch.
Who knew that this false prophet would get his act together in two months?
Photo: Peanuts

FROM BELIEFNET               

(Reposted from 10/14/13)

Charles Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, had a way with creating characters. Every one of them had their own unique personality. Those who grew up spending the holidays watching the annual TV specials, know these characters well. True Peanuts fans know which character had naturally curly hair, which character asked Santa for tens and twenties for Christmas and true fans know the difference between “Patty” and “Peppermint Patty.”

One of the most complex characters of all is the thumb-sucking, blanket-toting Linus. Ironically, he’s the religious one of the bunch. He is like the people in the Old Testament who not only worshipped the true God, but they also carried about their wooden idols, just to be safe. Linus talks big, but take away his security blanket and he’s a mess.

Linus can also been compared to a new Christian trying to find their way. In the Halloween-themed special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” Linus is taken with the notion of giant pumpkin who rises out of the pumpkin patch and flies around the world giving presents to good little girls and boys who believe in him. So taken in fact, that he begins spreading this gospel to anyone who will hear it. Because of his new-found faith, he forgoes the annual trick-or-treating ceremony and the Halloween party held at Violet’s house. He writes letters to the Great Pumpkin and evangelizes to all his friends. He is mocked, laughed at and they all deny him, except for Sally. Read more>