(EW’s Ken Tucker has a good review of the Finale, pointing out “christian” themes present.)
While risking being a cliche’ emergent, postmod making applications from pop culture to Faith, I am gonna share a thought anyway:
The big debate will rage on about whether the Lost finale was great, adequate, or disappointing. There are really two groups, though, and they represent two mindsets that we also find in church.
One group wants answers. They want the mysteries revealed. They want resolution for the Numbers, infertility, etc. and etc. This group wasn’t going to be content with anything but answers.
The second group, in which I find myself, became at some point more interested in the characters. We wanted some closure. We got a happy, if yet still confusing, ending. I liked it. I am content. I enjoyed it. I am “moving on” as they characters did.
In my recent faith journey, I have become less interested in answers. I tired of long, back and forth discussions on Biblical topics about things which are mysteries and God really hasn’t revealed. I am not certain and yet totally unconcerned about the end times: what exactly happens when we die, until the resurrection, the judgment and eternity. I honestly don’t care. It’s gonna be great for the children of God and bad for everyone else.
There is a lot of mystery involved with God, and we don’t like it. We don’t want Mystery, we want answers. Well, God has given us some answers but there will always remain some mystery, maybe even throughout eternity.
This desire for answers, which is a personality/mentality in many, causes us to create charts and complex doctrines. Preachers feel obligated to have a response to any question, whether it’s a good, Biblical answer or not. I prefer to be honest and say, “I really don’t know, it could be either.”
I am losing interest in this way of Faith. I am not denying Truth, or trying to get away from it. There are plenty of things plainly revealed in the Word. But I am learning to become content with some mystery, even ambiguity in my life and my Faith.
I am also reading and studying Ecclesiastes. Gary Holloway has a great quote in his great book, “You can’t find the Meaning of Life by seeking the Meaning of Life.” What he means is this: it’s about God.
At the same time I am trying to be more concerned with relationships. Yeah, it’s a balance. You can’t sacrifice Truth for the sake of relationships.
Where do you fit in? Whether as a Lost fan or a Christian?
Are you more concerned in getting answers or in relationships.
Sure, I am making some generalizations, and getting close to stereotypes, but work with me.