Phil Vischer had a vision of turning his Veggie Tales franchise and Big Ideas company into the next Disney World. It resulted in bankruptcy and a realization that he was trying to convince kids to be good, obedient children. That is not Christianity, that is morality. He describes his new venture, called What’s In The Bible, as “muppets go to seminary.” WORLD Magazine has an interview with him in which he describes the cocktail I have been recovering from the last four four years.
“We’re drinking a cocktail that’s a mix of the Protestant work ethic, the American dream, and the gospel. And we’ve intertwined them so completely that we can’t tell them apart anymore. Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true. It’s the Oprah god. So I had to peel that apart. I realized I’m not supposed to be pursuing impact, I’m supposed to be pursuing God. And when I pursue God I will have exactly as much impact as He wants me to have.”