Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Col. Klink vs. Hogan's Heroes

Watch Hogans Heroes as I did for a huge chunk of my child-hood and you may see a resemblance between Col. Klink and I.

Klink is not worldly wise, un-like his adversary and at a disadvantage because he naively respects and trusts people.

Among many members of his “captive audience”, Klink's authority is disputed and his words, however firmly pronounced are ridiculed and disregarded.

Although he has an easy smile and and a timidity born of a subconscious awareness of his own inadequacy, Klink acts like a stupid man who is easily and regularly out-maneuvered by his adversary, Col. Hogan.

Theologically, Wilhelm Klink represents the overstretched clergyman, trying to maintain a church from which no one “escapes”. While Col. Hogan, on the other hand represents the uninhibited anti-Christian “world” that lives by situation ethics and makes constant lying and breaking the rules seem glamorous and even heroic.

Like Klink, I find myself to be the impressively uniformed but intellectually impotent guy with a position that is almost more than he can handle (despite delusions of gallantry), who ends up the hapless and gullible foil of the suave and cunning Col. Hogan.

From the world's perspective, I am (at best) the straight-laced unpopular martinet to his uninhibited and popular rogue. At worst, I am the bad guy, through a combination of my association with an unpopular institution (the church) and my own incompetence.


Peter said...

I, too, watched "Hogan's Heros" as a child. Klink reminded me of one grandfather, and Schultz my other grandfather. I never thought of Klink and Hogan as you write on your blog, but your argument is straight on target. I think a lot of us pastors (especially in small congregations) feel like Klink versus the witty and intellectual Hogans of the world. Keep up the good work, brother.

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Pastor Olson said...

Right on Jonathan, right on!

Scott Diekmann said...

Is your resemblance to Klink sort of like dog owners that begin to resemble their dogs? If so, I'd better check in the mirror, because I watched quite a bit of Hogan when I was a kid. And my son, who is now 17 and has watched a lot of it on DVD, definitely resembles Klink. Good thing my wife didn't watch much!

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