God's Job Performance - Jim Martin

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Father Jim Martin believes that God's job is sustaining the universe, but His performance can't be judged. (4:16)

WHY!

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND, FOLKS, ASKING ABOUT GOD'S

JOB PERFORMANCE RAISES AN EVEN

MORE TROUBLING QUESTION?

WHAT IS GOD'S JOB? OF COURSE,

THAT IS ULTIMATELY AN

UNANSWERABLE QUESTION.

HERE TO ANSWER IT, PLEASE

WELCOME THE OFFICIAL CHAPLAIN OF

THE COLBERT NATION, FATHER JIM

MARTIN.

PAPA J!

WHAT'S GOING ON?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NOW I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME OUT

HERE.

AS THE AUTHOR OF THE JESUIT

GUIDE TO ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU

SHOULD BE ABLE TO ANSWER THIS

QUESTION.

WHAT IS GOD'S JOB?

>> SUSTAINING THE UNIVERSE.

>> STEPHEN: CAN WE JUDGE HIM?

>> NO.

[LAUGHTER]

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING BY.

[LAUGHTER]

WHY CAN'T WE JUDGE GOD?

HE GIVE US CRITICAL FACULTY, HE

MADE US VERY DISSATISFIED.

WHY CAN'T WE, YOU KNOW PUT THE

SANDAL ON THE OTHER FOOT AND

SAY, YOU NO HE WHAT LET'S HAVE A

LITTLE QUALITY CONTROL HERE.

WE'LL GIVE YOU FEEDBACK AND

MAYBE HE COULD CHANGE THE WAY HE

BEHAVES?

>> I THINK WE COULD TRY TO

UNDERSTAND THE UNIVERSE AND

GOD'S WAYS.

ULTIMATELY IT'S MYSTERIOUS AND

PARTICULARLY THE THINGS YOU

POINTED OUT, FAMINES, FLOODS,

NATURAL DISASTERS, THESE THINGS

HAVE CONFOUNDED THEOLOGIANS AND

SAINTS FOR YEARS.

THE QUESTION OF WHY GOD ALLOWS

THINKS THINGS TO HAPPEN --

THIS IS PROBABLY SOMETHING WE

WON'T BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE

QUESTION OF WHY HE ALLOWS THESE

THINGS TO HAPPEN.

>> STEPHEN: WHY DO YOU THINK

HIS APPROVAL RATINGS ARE SO LOW

RIGHT NOW?

ISN'T THAT KIND OF THE FAULT OF

GUYS LIKE YOU?

AREN'T YOU KIND OF GOD'S PR TEAM

AND HAVEN'T YOU DROPPED THE

BALL?

[LAUGHTER]

NOT TO JUDGE.

>> I THINK FREQUENTLY WHEN

PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT GOD'S

PERFORMANCE RATING AND WHAT THEY

THINK ABOUT GOD THEY ARE

THINKING OF HOW THINGS ARE IN

THEIR LIVES.

>> STEPHEN: RIGHT.

I'M NOT HAPPY AT ALL TIMES.

[LAUGHTER]

EVERYTHING IS NOT WORKING OUT

PERFECTLY FOR ME RIGHT NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WELL, I WOULD SAY IF YOU ARE

A CHRISTIAN AND I KNOW THAT YOU

ARE, YOU LOOK AT JESUS AND

THINGS DIDN'T ALWAYS WORK OUT

WELL FOR ME EITHER.

>> STEPHEN: BUT HE KNEW THEY

WOULD EVENTUALLY.

>> AND WE KNOW THEY WILL FOR US

IN THE AFTERLIFE.

>> STEPHEN: HOW DO I KNOW

THAT?

[LAUGHTER]

>> YOU TRUST IN WHAT JESUS SAYS.

THE WAY I LIKE TO EXPLAIN IT TO

PEOPLE IN TERMS OF AFTERLIFE AND

COMING TO UNDERSTAND OUR PLACE

IN THE UNIVERSE, GOD WOULD NEVER

DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP HE

CREATED.

THE RELATIONSHIP GOD HAD WITH

YOU IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOING

TO ENDURE FOREVER.

WE HOPE WE GET A CHANCE TO ASK

GOD SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS.

>> STEPHEN: IS THERE ANYTHING

THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP GOD GET

BETTER RATINGS RIGHT NOW?

I HAVE A SUPERPAC, COULD THAT

HELP IN ANY WAY?

[LAUGHTER]

>> I WOULD SAY THAT BY BEING --

I WOULD SAY PEOPLE BE MORE

GRATEFUL.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT IF THINGS

ARE, IF YOU PARDON MY LATIN

(BLEEP).

DO I HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE

(BLEEP) PARTS, TOO.

I THINK PART OF RELATIONSHIP TO

GOD IS BEING HONEST ABOUT THE

(BLEEP) PARTS.

BUT ALSO.

>> STEPHEN: I FIND THAT

OFFENSIVE COMING FROM A MAN OF

THE CLOTH.

EXCUSE ME.

[LAUGHTER]

I HAVE NO STANDARDS.

I HAVE NO STANDARDS BUT FROM THE

CHAPLAIN OF THE COLBERT NATION.

>> TRYING TO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

RELATING TO THE YOUNG.

>> BEING HONEST IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BUT BEING

HONEST ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE

GOD.

PEOPLE COME TO GOD ONLY WHEN

THEY ARE READY TO COMPLAIN OR

LAMENT SOMETHING RATHER THAN

CELEBRATING THINGS OR GIVING

PRAISE TO GOD.

>> STEPHEN: LIKE THE FACT I

EXIST.

>> IT'S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE.

>> STEPHEN: CAN WE TALK

POLITICS FOR A SECOND CSM GOD

GET THE UPPER HAND IN THE POLLS

BY GOING NEGATIVE ON ONE OF HIS

OPPONENTS?

LIKE RUNNING AN AD AGAINST BUDA.

FATSO WANTS YOU TO HAVE

NOTHINGNESS.

YAHWEH WANTS TO YOU HAVE

EVERYTHINGNESS.

VOTE YAHWEH.

>> I'LL TAKE IT UP WITH HIM.

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU.

FATHER JIM MARTIN.

THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE A

MONSIGNOR.

THE BOOK IS THE JESUIT GUIDE TO

ALMOST EVERYTHING.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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