(Netflix series House of Cards) President Underwood spits on a statue, on Christ’s face. The President starts to wipe off the spit and the statue falls and breaks apart.
I have given some thought to this very powerful scene; trying to find meaning beyond an artistic coup.
This spitting is the culminating step, the crossing of a point of no return, by a President who has become corrupt, step-by-step one small decision after another throughout his ascent and rein, to the point of being beyond redemption.
This is a scary thought. For anyone. Not just Presidents.
The series also raises an interesting question, one that I don’t think it can satisfactorily answer: Is Christ, and the promise of Christ, hollow, like the statue? Or was Christ broken even for President Underwood, who even though he destroyed himself will still be redeemed?