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August 10th, 2013
02:33 AM ET

'Breaking Bad' and the evil within us all

Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, special to CNN

(CNN) - The other day I was asked in a radio interview why I’m still a Christian. Since I’ve never been shy about writing through my questions and doubts, the interviewer wanted to know why I hang on to faith in spite of them.

I talked about Jesus—his life, teachings, death, resurrection, and presence in my life and in the world. I talked about how faith is always a risk, and how the story of Jesus is a story I’m willing to risk being wrong about.

And then I said something that surprised me a little, even as it came out of my own mouth:

“I’m a Christian,” I said, “because Christianity names and addresses sin.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about sin lately because like many Americans I’ve gotten hooked on “Breaking Bad” and am plotting ways to avoid any sort of social interaction on Sunday night so I can catch the first of the final eight episodes of the award-winning AMC series.

What I love about “Breaking Bad”—besides its gripping plotlines, flawless character development, pitch-perfect performances, and the unmatched chemistry between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, is the way it traces teacher-turned-kingpin Walter White’s descent into total moral ignominy, one frighteningly relatable decision at a time.

5 questions 'Breaking Bad' must answer

Walter doesn’t start off with the goal of making millions and killing anyone who gets in his way. He just wants to survive at first. Then he wants to provide, then he wants to impress, then he wants to spite, then he wants to rule. His desires aren’t that different from yours or mine, really, and neither are his decisions.

In fact, Walter is at his most infuriating not when he’s cooking meth or even shooting a gun, but when he’s betraying a friend, indulging his vanity, engaging in truly staggering feats of self-deception, and using other people for personal gain … basically when he’s acting just like me on a given Tuesday morning.

Which brings me back to Christianity.

In Christianity, evil isn’t something that simply exists “out there” among thieves and murderers and meth makers. No, Christianity teaches the hard truth that the evil we observe in the world is also present within ourselves.

Racism, greed, misogyny, hatred, violence, inequity, selfishness, and pride all take shape within the human heart, so if we’re going to tackle injustice in the world, we have to start with ourselves. Christianity rejects the idea that we’re all okay.

The good news is that liberation comes not from climbing some holy ladder to try and escape sin on our own, nor from wallowing in shame and self-hatred because of it, but receiving the grace of God through Jesus and extending that grace to others.

This process begins with naming the evil within us and turning away from it—a process called repentance.

In one of the most riveting “Breaking Bad” scenes of all time, we see Jesse on the verge of such a moment as he indirectly confesses his most haunting transgression to his Narcotics Anonymous support group.

Unwilling to justify his sins like Walter, and desperate to stop numbing himself from them through drugs, Jesse gets frustrated with those in the group urging him to accept himself without judgment.

In a fit of frustration, Jesse cries, “So I should stop judging and accept? So no matter what I do, hurray for me, because I’m a great guy? It’s all good? What a load of crap …You know why I’m here in the first place? To sell you meth. You’re nothing to me but customers …You OK with that? You accept that?”

The group sits in stunned silence until the leader finally whispers, “No.”

I’ve heard from many addicts who say meetings like these are the closest thing they have to church because it’s the only place in the world where people tell the truth about themselves, even the ugly parts.

This is what the church calls confession.

Confession gives us the chance to admit to one another that we’re not OK and then to seek healing and reconciliation together, in community. It’s not about pointing out the sins of others, but acknowledging our shared brokenness, our shared capacity for destruction, our shared rebellion against what is beautiful and good.

I think this is one reason we find Walter White so compelling—and, for that matter, Dexter Morgan, Don Draper, and Piper Chapman. They may be meth dealers and serial killers and prison inmates, but what drives them isn’t all that different than what drives you and me.

Nor is the grace that would ultimately save us all.

Rachel Held Evans is the author of "Evolving in Monkey Town" and "A Year of Biblical Womanhood." She blogs at rachelheldevans.com. The views expressed in this column belong to Evans. 

Evans has written previously for CNN's Belief Blog, including: Why millennials are leaving the church; and Not all religious convictions are written in stone.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Opinion • TV

soundoff (1,137 Responses)
  1. hharri

    Uh oh!

    August 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
  2. hharri

    No one hates like observer/captain/al Qaeda and hundreds more. But she thinks she's wonderful.

    August 19, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • ıɹɹɐɥɥ

      ʎɐʍ sıɥʇ ʞuıɥʇ ı ʇı dlǝɥ ʇ,uɐɔ ı

      August 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  3. hharri

    His word endures forever

    August 19, 2013 at 5:30 am |
  4. hharri

    Children wiped out due to the evil of their parents are in a place of perfection.

    When a healthy person sees his neighbor outside burning a pile of leaves, he doesn't feel an overwhelming urge to throw himself in. He doesn't contemplate the merits of burning leaves or whether his neighbor plays cards fairly. Fire is fire and he wants no part of it.

    August 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Fionahhh

      Chaw the chicken diligently.

      August 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  5. hharri

    The showbread and the pharisees. David should have starved to death, according to them. They could never see god's true nature no matter how much they learned. They only sought to destroy Jesus.

    August 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • ıɹɹɐɥɥ

      sǝʞɐus ƃuıʞlɐʇ uı ǝʌǝılǝq ı

      August 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  6. hharri

    Take captain's desperate efforts to be healed of her profound emptiness to heart. All of us recognize the pain she's enduring. There is light at the end of her personal hell

    August 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Arrogant presumption.

      August 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • hharri

        Nice job

        August 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  7. hharri

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of god.

    August 17, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • hharri

      God gives his kids a peace that endures despite the stressors that engulf us. Quite remarkable.

      August 17, 2013 at 11:32 am |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        I judge an individual by how they treat their enemies, not their friends. God is a disgusting sadist by my standard, and technically, by his own, if you believe some of what he says and not the stuff that disagrees with that stuff.

        August 17, 2013 at 11:46 am |
        • hharri

          Great job, captain. That was a terrific burst from your heart. Someday, you may be filled with love and joy. The hell raging in your heart needs the outlet you provide when you emote. Excellent. You are on the verge of a profound spiritual awakening

          August 17, 2013 at 11:57 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          You are correct that it was an accurate "burst" of intellect, but you are wrong that it was from my heart. It was from my head.

          I hope you get better, soon.

          August 17, 2013 at 11:59 am |
        • hharri

          How cool is that? It is too painful to acknowledge your feelings, but they are there and they push you around. Your hatred is deep and hurtful and you are doing exactly the right thing by expressing yourself

          August 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          Yes, I am doing the right thing by expressing myself. You are doing the wrong thing to imagine motives and emotions that do not exist. Why do you have so much hate within you that you feel you must pretend to know what other people feel?

          August 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
        • hharri

          You are the sickest animal there is

          August 19, 2013 at 5:33 am |
        • hharri

          True divine insight is perfect. She resides on a plane of existence the rest of humanity can only dream of, right captain?

          August 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
      • hharri

        You treat your enemies like they should all be put to death

        August 19, 2013 at 5:31 am |
    • hharri

      When he was baptized in a river in Arizona, a friend of mine and the group he was with noticed an exceptionally beautiful sunset had started forming. Everything grew silent and still. Everyone present stopped and gazed at the cloud formations and the penetrating colors bursting through them. It was incredible. Nothing moved, not at all and everyone was captivated as the silent arrangement produced the most amazing array of purples and golds, violets, crimsons, pinks, even hues of orange and silver–in complete stillness and haunting silence. As if god himself was speaking, saying welcome home child

      August 17, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        Yet, those people all needed to interpret the event in that way, because you said "as if." God didn't speak, though he could and though he could have, then. God is invisible, undetectable, and irrelevant.

        August 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
        • hharri

          Jealousy sand envy grip your guts, as though you feel you have nothing/are nothing. Not true. Each of us has a unique set of experiences and interpretations of life's events to add to the well being of others

          August 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          hhari, One can appreciate nature without imagining it is the work of a god; why do you interpret lack of delusion as jealousy, envy, and hate?

          August 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
        • hharri

          Certainly.
          And your hatred prevents you from seeing I never suggested otherwise. So, keep up the posts, no matter if you see things that aren't there. It will get better

          August 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          hharri,
          "As if god himself was speaking ..."

          What else do you mean then?

          August 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
      • hharri

        Today may be the day. Your hatred is surfacing. DO NOT STOP

        August 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • hharri

      Two months earlier he woke up to 2 quarts of beer and a pack of cigarettes. Unwashed, unclean, old dirty clothes, no friends, no family, filled with anger, hatred, loneliness and nothing to live for, his life changed practically overnight. The greatest difference in him was the love for others that poured out of his life, when just days before he was hateful and violent.

      August 17, 2013 at 11:52 am |
      • hharri

        As I said, captain is on the verge of a spiritual breakthrough. All Christians, pray for her

        August 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Fionahhh

      Blessed are the cheesemakers.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xLUEMj6cwA

      August 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
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    August 17, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • hharri

      Beat it, punk

      August 19, 2013 at 7:15 am |
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    August 17, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • hharri

      Pound sand

      August 19, 2013 at 7:17 am |
  10. hharri

    Captain obvious makes an awesome point. Her rage is red hot. A bystander can sense it. It is her core self. Her entire life focuses on thoughts and desires to kill and to murder the one she desperately wants to love. Way to go captain. You go girl. You are closer to redemption than you know.

    August 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Good to see you haven't abandoned your adorable practice of hallucinating in public, faith.

      August 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Quite humorous, I must say.

      August 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
      • hharri

        Awesome. Never doubted you'd release the venom that is killing you. Hurry.

        August 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
      • hharri

        Awesome. Never doubted you'd release the venom that is killing you. Hurry. Your situation is urgent.

        August 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
        • Austin

          Topher, is that me?

          August 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  11. Henry Plantagenet

    The problem with that logic is that the concept of immoral behavior was not only discussed but codified by many cultures before Jehovah, the Torah, Jesus and the New Testament came along.

    August 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  12. hharri

    Keep venting the hatred that tears away at your faith. Excellent therapy

    August 16, 2013 at 8:57 am |
    • hharri

      Redemption is closer than you realize. Let it go. Pour out your hearts. Do not hold back. Get it all out verbally/on the net. Release the poison that destroys you and your love for god. Do not fear. He knows all about it.

      August 16, 2013 at 9:12 am |
      • hharri

        He loves you.

        August 16, 2013 at 9:13 am |
        • hharri

          We were once just like you. Filled with hatred, self-pity, jealousy, confusion, bitterness, spewing temper tantrums, sarcasm, projecting, witch-craft, devil worship, grandiosity, cursing, swearing, cheating, lying, we were once depraved like you. There is hope. Jesus loves you and he can set you free

          August 16, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Kate

      4 posts in a row, replying to yourself. Umm, who's venting here?

      August 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
      • hharri

        Baby Kate. See? You have got what it takes. I am counting on you.

        August 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
      • A Frayed Knot

        Kate,

        hharri is an expert at talking to himself. He prays a lot, you know...

        August 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
        • hharri

          Excellent fn. Excellent!

          August 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  13. hharri

    Their arguments are basic. Said in different ways,
    God isn't real. There is no proof. The bible isn't infallible. God is cruel.

    Silly

    August 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Observer

      hharri

      "There is no proof. The bible isn't infallible. God is cruel."

      Sounds accurate. Just read the Bible to see errors and contradictions and how cruel God was to millions of people.

      August 16, 2013 at 2:43 am |
      • Mark from Middle River

        Funny though that the same Holy book, in Genesis came closer to the theory of Evolution but thousands of years before Evolutionist

        August 16, 2013 at 3:37 am |
        • Kate

          Yeah, just like the Quran presents quantum entanglement in great depth. Neither.

          August 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
      • hharri

        Go observer. Go!

        August 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • hharri

      The errors are not errors. They've been explained. God isn't cruel, but just. Same arguments and they fail.

      Evidence for god cries out day and night. Hatred for god consumes them. It is all they know. Pity. They have great faith in him.

      August 16, 2013 at 4:09 am |
      • rick

        you claim there is evidence, but do not provide any

        you are a coward

        August 16, 2013 at 5:04 am |
        • hharri

          Not as violent as Kate, but not bad.

          August 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
      • Observer

        hharri,
        "The errors are not errors. They've been explained. "

        WRONG.

        II Chronicles 22:2 “Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem.” [KJV]
        II Kings 8:26 “Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem.”
        [KJV]

        Just one of MANY "oops" in the Bible. Read it someday.

        August 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
        • hharri

          If you keep venting your rage, I'm betting you'll see your error. Would any one care to explain what she considers to be a sign that god isn't real? Or, give it another year or two, observer, and you should spot it in an instant. Perfect example of hatred blinding the heart of a bitter believer.

          August 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          The god of the bible is far to stupid and evil to be a candidate for "existence." Of course such a disgusting idiot doesn't exist. It's obvious.

          August 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          How old is the leader of the Beast, the Big O??

          August 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          One would think a president is just a servant and the Masters have some say in state matters.

          August 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
        • hharri

          Now that you know you are wrong, would you care to explain it?

          August 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • hharri

      If believers had a fraction of the faith atheists have, the world would shout for joy. Hatred destroys those who harbor it. It is sad to see how it cripples and warps them like cancer. It is especially pitiful to observe the same rational used to deny their deepest feelings day after day. To be honest with oneself takes courage.

      August 16, 2013 at 4:22 am |
      • Kate

        Hey, next time you're on your knees to your sky dude, say thanks to her for creating cancer too!

        August 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
        • hharri

          Exactly. Way to go Kate. I knew you could do it. Don't stop there. Obviously, this is a big step forward for you. Keep going. You sound just like your friends. The burning rage must be hard to have in the pit of your gut. Let it all out. Confess your bitterness and hellish hatred. You can do it.

          August 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
        • Athy

          I think hharri may have gone postal on us.

          August 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
        • hharri

          Don't tell me they haven't got what it takes. Beautiful Kate. Let your feelings out. Spare nothing

          August 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          hhari, You protest a lot but you provide no evidence to support your claims. Atheists do not believe that there is evidence for a deity – that is not faith. Post the evidence if you have it – you'll be the first.

          August 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • hharri

          See, Santa can do it, too. Baby Claus. You have a good deal of talent. Don't waste it.

          August 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • midwest rail

        LOVE the new name, faith.

        August 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
        • Observer

          ?

          August 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  14. Joshua

    What an honest take on Breaking Bad and on life in general. Its hard to right with some honesty and tact these days. I appreciate this article. Lets face it we all have a capacity to sin endlessly and being a fellow Christian I have come to the same realization that the only way through life is by walking into and going thorough the door or grace that is provided by god. This door or Jesus as its called in the bible is available to everyone who opens it when god is knocking and he is rattling the door pretty constantly. The path to this door is at first is honesty with a very uncomfortable mirror and then repentance or a change in behavior. The change could be drug use or anything else hidden or external. This article in my view nails these pts and should make us do some self analysis. I feel that analysis is a choice for all of us, some learn how to and some just merely keep the finger pointed away from themselves. All in all good article.

    August 15, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Brother Maynard

      Why why why do Xtians talk like this ?
      "This door or Jesus as its called in the bible is available to everyone who opens it when god is knocking and he is rattling the door pretty constantly. "
      Ok so Jesus is the door so this sentence really reads like this:

      - This door or Jesus, as it's called in the bible, is available to everyone who opens Jesus, when Jesus is knocking and Jesus is rattling Jesus pretty constantly. -

      Scooby sez; 'RHUR?'

      August 15, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • Joshua

        Good point. Let me explain:
        Biblically Jesus is referred to as the narrow door. The bible also uses the analogy that Jesus stands at the door of a person and knocks. So a person can open the door and let Jesus in. The bible also illustrates that God chases after people and we can walk on a path towards him, towards the door. So I was trying to summarize that concept. I apologize for not being clear. The author of the article talks about the same concept of gods available grace that is available for men/women as he extends it to us, but its our choice to accept/not accept. I.E. open the door and walk through it or not. Its a choice.

        August 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Josh

          Let me explain correctly. Christians are as dumb as doorknobs.

          August 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • hharri

      It doesn't work. Just be who you are.

      August 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
  15. hharri

    Evil exists inside, outside and in dark spirits

    August 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      only in your imagination

      August 15, 2013 at 3:50 am |
      • Observer

        Where you are going isn't imaginary

        August 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
        • hharri

          Where you are now is vomit

          August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  16. Ron

    "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." ....Jesus (John 3:36)

    August 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      “May the hair on your toes never fall out!”
      ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

      August 15, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • Kate

        Excellent.

        August 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  17. Ron

    "I am the Way, the Truth, and the LIfe; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." ....Jesus (John 14:6)

    August 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Bilbo Baggins: Why don't we have a game of riddles and if I win, you show me the way out of here?
      Gollum: And if he loses? What then? Well if he loses precious then we eats it! If Baggins loses we eats it whole!
      Bilbo Baggins: Fair enough.
      ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

      August 15, 2013 at 11:33 am |
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