Posts Tagged ‘12th Man’


I’m a ‘Bama fan, but the Aggie’s tradition of the 12th man intrigues me. It seems in 1922, during a hard fought game, A&M’s reserves were low, but the coach remembered an unsuited squad man who was in the press box. The mans name was E. King Gill. He suited up but never played. At the end of the game, he was supposedly quoted as saying, “I wish I could say that I went in and ran for the winning touchdown, but I did not. I simply stood by in case my team needed me.”1

I went through all of that to get to the point of this post.

Last year, I sat through the entire Bible miniseries, self-inflicting myself with hoarseness and a possible aneurism, much to the consternation of my family (I yelled at the tv a lot).

One of the most irritating parts of the whole debacle was the ever-presence of the woman named Mary wherever Jesus was. She’s in the boat when Jesus calms the storm. She’s with Him even in the private conversations He has with His Disciples. She goes into the tomb of Lazarus with Jesus (which neither did). She’s the wisest and most outspoken of all the followers of Christ. She is portrayed at the Crucifixion as the bravest of souls, and she’s the first on the scene at The Resurrection of Christ.

Now, I will be the first to proclaim that Jesus is the best thing to happen for women in all of history. He ministered to women as equals in His Compassion. Many of His miracles were in response to women, and there were actually three ladies at the Empty Tomb.

However, to make this generic “Mary” the 13th Disciple , was totally uncalled for. The symbolic meaning of the 12 Disciples just doesn’t work with a 13th added in to represent the feminists. All you have to do is think about the fact that there are no 13th floors in buildings to get the idea. The feminine gender was well-represented in the Gospels. We don’t need the super-imposition of a “Mary”. In fact, to add to the words of Scripture carries a hefty penalty in the book of Revelations

The tradition of the 12th man is great for the morale of the Aggie’s, but a 13th disciple just to please the culture warriors amongst us is not necessary.

Don’t even get me started on the whole “Peter, just give me an hour and I’ll give you a whole new life”, or “we’re going to change world” exchange with Peter.

I cringe every time Hollywood attempts a “Jesus movie”, or any Biblically-based film. This one, I think, was the worst if all. The worldview of it’s trifecta of ecclesiastical consultants (Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes), is all too apparent throughout.

If you start out with a theologically-flawed script to begin with, adding a Roman Catholic mystic and a New-ager as the two producers, along with a culturally-sensitive entertainment complex is not going to bolster confidence to Biblically-oriented believers.

And yes, I have turned into the Biblical curmudgeon, who is just too uptight to appreciate what one radio host has called “Vidal Sassoon Jesus”.

I have not shilled out for the movie The Son of God. I don’t have to. If you watched The Bible miniseries, you have basically seen the movie. It’s just a cinematic regurgitation.

For an interesting review of the movie, go here

Chris Rosebrough gives a great review of Nancy o’Dell’s creepy interview with Jesus here, starting somewhere around the 9 minute mark.


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