Okay, I promise, this is the last Chuckleberry poster (unless I change my mind).
Original DVD cover.
Now, Chuck, you put Scabby down this instant!! You’re making him all horizontal!!
Didja hear, kids? The new buzzword is vertical! Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo noticed something strange on Scabby McHuckleberry’s website and had this to say:
Can anyone explain what the hell that means? Vertical? I guess if you’re main opponent was Fred Thompson you might push the fact that you spend most of your time standing up. But seriously, is there something I’m missing here? Or is this the weirdest campaign I’ve ever heard?
As it turns out, vertical is a buzzword for the fundies out there. Did you know that Scabby even had a Vertical Day? Click on the link to see videos and Scabby’s blog.
There are Vertical Habits, complete with a vertical vocabulary:
Vertical Habits: Worship and Our Faith Vocabulary
Faithful speech is central to the Christian life. God is not just interested in having us contemplate or appease him. God is interested in the dynamics of life together, shaped by good communication. Just as words form our habits in relationships with other people, the words of worship can form the habits of our relationship with God and the way we live out our faith. Consider these eight parallels:
Relational Words / Worship Words
I love You. / Praise
I’m sorry. / Confession
Why? / Lament
I’m listening. / Illumination
Help. / Petition
Thank you. / Thanksgiving
What can I do? / Service
Bless you. / Blessing
There’s Vertical Music:
“The idea of surrendering is really important to me right now. Living a life that is completely committed to God and His purpose. Complete and total surrender. That is a big theme for me.”
So says critically acclaimed musician/worship leader Lincoln Brewster when discussing the inspiration behind his August 2005 recording, All to You… Live, on Vertical Music.
There is Horizontal Christianity, but apparently, Vertical Christianity is way better:
Horizontal Christianity is, for some, more difficult than Vertical Christianity because they are stuck in difficult relationships. You don’t need to be a victim, but neither should you reduce yourself to the level of a difficult person. As Christians, concentrate on how to engage and forgive the way our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would engage and forgive…
I wonder if there is anything in between, like Diagonal Christianity. To tell you the truth, I don’t know what the hell Vertical Christianity is. All I know is that the old Olivia Newton-John song, Let’s Get Physical, keeps running through my head with a slightly different lyric:
Let’s get vertical, vertical,
I wanna get vertical, let’s get into vertical,
It’s some funky fundy talk,
It’s fundy talk, let me hear some fundy talk!
Dammit, I hate that song, and now it won’t stop!
So, kids, the next time you are listening to Scabby McHuckleberry, keep your decoder ring handy!
Original movie poster.