Can we talk about the Christian cultural phenomenon that is “The Donut Man?”
Yes, I’m throwing it way back to the 90’s. Let’s revisit the decade of silly bandz, the Rachel cut, the Motorola StarTac phone, bright neon color palettes, and a plethora of cheesy kid television programming.
When I asked my co-workers if they remembered “The Donut Man” every single one of them said “no.” What an insult to 90’s church kids everywhere.
I can’t be the only one who was evangelized to by a talking glazed donut in Sunday school? If you watched this show as a child (or an adult, I’m not judging) let me know in the comments below.
If you’ve never heard of “The Donut Man” you’re in for a real treat. A sugary donut kind of treat.
The Donut Repair Shop
The Donut Man, played by Rob Evans, aired in the 1990’s and takes place in the Donut Repair Shop. I don’t ever remember Rob actually fixing any broken donuts in his shop, but that’s ok. He was very busy teaching biblical lessons through songs and skits with the help of Duncan instead.
Duncan, if you’re wondering, is not the Duncan from the Newsboys. In fact he is a living, breathing (not actually sure about that) talking donut, who honestly looks a little bit like a bagel, but I can forgive that.
The Real Meaning Behind the Donut Man
The whole premise behind the wild and wacky Donut Man is every one one of us needs Jesus. “Life without Jesus is like a donut; there’s a hole in the middle of your heart.”
Sure. It sounds a little cheesy. But wasn’t everything in the 90’s just a little cheesy. I many not personally use a donut to describe God’s love, but it kind of works. Maybe if I was 6 I’d appreciate it more.
On Facebook, back in 2014, Rob left a heartfelt message to those who grew up on the show.
“To all the Donut Man fans who are now grown-ups: I took you seriously back then, praying that my songs would encourage your fledgling faith, knowing your mind was young, yet your heart was full and tender. Now… ‘Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the streams of life;. Tag, you’re it. Your turn to share the Gospel.”
Personally, I may poke a little fun at this show. But at the end of the day, I love the heart behind it. Let’s go share the gospel.
Now I want a donut.
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