Get LOST with me…

Posted: July 13, 2010 in Movie/TV Reviews

The hit TV show “LOST” (RIP!) was popular for many reasons. It had great characters, an intricate plot line, romance, suspense, adventure, and mystery (much like my teenage years). But one of the aspects I really came to appreciate was the constant tension that played out in the characters of John Locke and Jack Shepherd.

Throughout most of the series, Locke remained firmly committed to his belief in the spiritual/supernatural, while Jack (a former doctor) could only believe in the rational/material reality. Their worlds of faith and reason collided numerous times throughout the show as they tried to understand each other. In one particular encounter, Locke asks Jack in frustration, “Why is it so hard for you to believe?” With equal passion, Jack counters, “Why is it so easy for you?!” And then Locke says something that really stuck with me. He simply states, “It has never been easy.”

It may be tempting to assume that Christians follow a blind faith that never requires anything from them. Atheists like Richard Dawkins equate believing in God with believing in fairies. For them, it is simply a sheep-like, blind belief in something we deep down could never rationally hold to be true. Does he have a point? Do we simply live in a fairy-tale land that is far removed from reality, in which we gain comfort from a grandfatherly deity watching out for us because we can’t bear to face life apart from such fantastical illusions?

I don’t think this is true for one minute. In fact, I echo Locke’s statement and say “It’s never been easy.” This does not mean I have to force myself to believe. Far from it! But faith is costly and takes work. If anything, we are often tempted to twist what we know is true into something that is easier. If we lighten up the language of Jesus, then suddenly we don’t have to take seriously His call to “Pick up your cross and follow me.” Or, as many atheists have done, if we simply convince ourselves that there is no God, then we are not held morally accountable to Him, and can go about our lives doing what we please, answering to no one but ourselves.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” (Mere Christianity) Faith is never easy, but it is always worth the effort.

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