so i'll admit it - i have a terrible weak spot for reality tv shows. especially the realworld/roadrules challenges. and since it's a new challenge that just started last week, that's what i did from 7:40-8:00 pm tonight, after a long good day that started off with pancakes and omlettes with Family - watching 20 reality show kiddos battling it out on the infero, part ii.
so i started watching at 7:40... night scene. probably 3/4 of those kids are now drunk, hooplah-ing in the pool and in the house's backyard. then... the scene changes to two people, Jon and Julie. and they said something along the lines of... 'even though we're in the midst of drinking, people hooking up, etc.... we still remember that we're living for someone holy. we still remember Jesus.' and it just.. blew me away. how many times have i, have we been at school, or work, or someone completely away from the church enviornment, and we stand with a mumbled faith?
then when the real game, the rules go that the two people from each team that's selected to go into the "inferno" could opt out if they are the individual winners that day during the competition. so the guy who was supposed to go into the inferno won, so Jon stepped up. and his reasoning.. "i want to do something for my team. Jesus sacrificed himself for us, and that was the ultimate love... i would want to go to the inferno for my team." and at this point, Julie was saying... "I just don't want you to go."
so Jon went to the inferno. and he's wearing the Jesus is Real t-shirt, stepping into a 20x20 room with bars and fire. and it's the inferno. and.. he loses.
when he left... people were in tears. flashes of how he was one of the best people they knew, flashes of Jon, laughing wearing his cowboy hat and a 'Jesus is Real' t-shirt. and then Julie... who says something like, "There aren't many people who would go out of their own way to save someone else. I don't understand why he has to leave. he sacrificed himself for all those people on our team, and they dont even understand. there's so much symbolism, and the people he sacrificed himself for don't even know.. don't comprehend..."
and as Jon left, someone on his team said, "please pray for us..."
i started to cry when i heard that. she said much much more, but one thing just stands out. they don't even understand...
You see... at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8