So I’ve recently been watching the American Office. I thought as a Christian, how would I love someone who is perhaps the most socially arkward on television, who ranges from moments of hilarity to despair, from deep profoundness to insane antics. Well here we go. Use this as a basic guide to loving people who you find hard to love.
Number 1: Realise Michael’s humour is a good gift from God. Perhaps one of the funniest parts of the show is that Michael isn’t funny providing breath taking moments of cringe worthiness. However one way in which we could relate to Michael Scott would be to follow Paul’s example of 1 Corinthians 9, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9 v 22) Perhaps one way to love Michael Scott would be to engage in his humour, to enjoy some of the jokes he tells. Now I wouldn’t advocate joining in some of the adult humour as this may cause someone or yourself to stumble. But edifying humour is certaintly a must when loving Michael Scott.
2. Work Hard If any of you watch the Office you may find this a bit strange. Do we ever see Michael Scott working hard? However this is a command from scripture “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4 v 12). Who does Michael have the most respect for in the Office? Arguably Stanley (although they have their occasional run ins) and his loyal number 2 Dwight (who lives and breathes the paper company). Working hard would show that Christians aren’t lazy, that they do their work with integrity. If nothing else this may lead to interesting discussions about Christian ethics.
3. Take to heart the moments when you see clear acts of common grace in Michael Scott. It would be generally hard sometimes to be as Paul urges “compassionate, kind, gentle” as he states in Colossians 3. Michael Scott sometimes does some stupid stuff. Sometimes he is rude and arrogant. However he has great moments when we see common grace in him. If your not familiar with common grace, this is the way in which God has blessed unbelivers by not allowing them to display the full extent of their sin. Hence why we meet some lovely unbelivers. Moreover why we can see things in creation as having common grace by not being tainted fully by the results of the fall. One act of common grace from Michael Scott would be when he goes to Pam’s art show when other work mates don’t. Here you would appreciate the moments that we see the common grace through him.
4. The Gospel is for everyone, even someone like Michael Scott. A strong temptation when enjoying banter with non Christians is that we lose the desire to see them saved. So don’t just enjoy them for the jokes, really love them by telling them the gospel. This is a thought that I had when watching the Office. If Michael Scott were real how would I communicate the gospel to him? When would be the times that we would get on to serious life issues? While becoming “all things to all men” we must also reach out to those who display unbelief in their lives.