Reflections on LOST: Jesus and Jimmy Kimmel

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This post is second in a series on my lingering thoughts about the series finale of the TV show LOST.

Did you catch the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show following the LOST series finale, called “Aloha To Lost?” If you missed it that night, you can watch it online here. It was actually quite insightful, and very funny. (Ask my husband what his favorite part was.)

During the show, Kimmel—a huge LOST fan—shared this:

“In a lot of religions—Christianity being one of them—the idea is that life is a test. That you go through your life and if you’re good you go to heaven (or nirvana or whatever), and if you’re bad you don’t—you go to hell or you don’t go anywhere.

My theory is that the whole show…we’re watching Jack’s test. And obviously Jack passed The Test.”

My heart broke when I heard Kimmel characterize Christianity this way. Not that he’s alone in his assessment…I think this is how a lot of Americans would describe Christianity.

But he is missing the whole point.

The heart of Christianity is a story, too…just like our beloved LOST. It’s an epic tale, full of

Scandal
Forgiveness
Deception
Redemption
Sacrifice
Greed
Romance
Searching
Judgment
Shame
Rescue
Miracles
Murder
Celebration
Pain
Mercy
Dysfunction
Friendship
Adultery
Hope
Betrayal
Faith
Despair
And most of all, Love.

Unconditional, irrational, all-encompassing, life-changing, incomprehensible Love.

Do you know The Story?

The best way to learn The Story is by reading it, in the Bible. If you’re not familiar with The Story, start with “The Gospel of John.” It’s about the life of Jesus, told from the perspective of Jesus’ best friend. It’s my favorite book in the Bible. (The Bible is actually a collection of 66 different books, all of which tell The Story in their own, unique way.)

And if you want a teaser about The Story, check out this song from U2:

(Click here if the video doesn’t show up in your browser.)

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