In our day and age, “binge watching” has become a normal occurrence. I think the people who put words in dictionaries have classified it as a new word. That basically means that it’s a big deal.
It snowed here in Lynchburg (and the rest of the east coast) this past weekend, so pretty much the only logical thing to do with electricity, wi-fi access, and nothing else to do is binge watch TV shows, since no one knows how to handle the snow in the South. Of course, I’ve gladly obliged by parking my keister in front of the TV down here in the basement and watched both Netflix and regular cable programming.
I was scanning the TV guide, and I saw that Destination America, one of Discovery Channel’s networks, was running a Mountain Monsters marathon. I love that show.
The basic plot summary is a bunch of good ol’ boys have had encounters with these monsters, so they go out into the Appalachian mountains searching for creatures like Bigfoot, the Mothman, Hellhounds, and other mythical monsters that are terrorizing other good ol’ boys and their land, trying to trap them to keep them from causing anymore trouble.
They’ve even started specializing in Bigfoot sightings, because they feel like it has a personal vendetta against them.
They make traps out of everyday materials, and usually the “monsters” break out of the traps with ease.
These guys fully believe that these things exist, and throughout each episode, we see photos, videos, prints, and hear sound clips of these monsters. They go to the most extreme measures to trap these creatures and prove that they’re real.
Personally, I’m still not convinced that these things are real; the show is just so entertaining that I can’t help but watch it. Just think about it: a bunch of hillbillies gallivanting around the woods in their camouflage, overalls, and boots, toting shotguns and machetes, looking for something that we only talk about in reference to legends and scary stories.
All these videos and images that people show them have got to be photoshopped or edited. It just all looks so fishy.
Bottom line is, they don’t care about what others think. They aren’t relying on the opinions and cares of us city folk saying they’re crazy. They’re going full force, dedicating their entire lives to tracking these monsters that rational thinkers say don’t exist.
I feel like this sounds a little familiar. It sounds quite a bit like those of us who follow Jesus.
Can you see the similarities between these mountain men and those who follow Christ?
We’ve encountered the love of Jesus, we’ve seen Him face-to-face in an instance, and we’ve been changed forevermore. We devote our entire lives to proving He exists. We go all in.
When it comes to following Jesus, we can’t just be halfway devoted. We can’t live a lifestyle where we’re in church on Sundays, experiencing heaven, and the rest of the week living like we’re in hell. Following Christ is all or nothing. We can’t look like we follow Jesus on the outside, but harbor and nature any kind of sin in our hearts, like lust or pride.
People may challenge us and say, “Yeah well Jesus isn’t real,” or, “Jesus may have been a real person, but he certainly wasn’t God. He was just a good teacher.” They may say that God doesn’t exist, maybe even call you crazy.
We can’t live out our faith in response to what others say or think about faith as a whole. We can’t repress our love for Jesus just because someone doesn’t agree with us.
That whole “all or nothing” concept is something these guys get. They understand that they can’t go halfway in on finding Bigfoot. They realize that they can’t be half-present on a night investigation. They know that it’s all or nothing at all.
Jesus even said that we can’t follow Him unless we give up everything we have. He tells us we must love Him above all else, making the love we have for other people and things look like we hate them (Luke 14:26). He tells the rich young ruler that in addition to following His commandments, He must give up His possessions in order to follow Him (Matthew 19:16-22).
While there has been serious debate over the cultural relevancy of these passages and what “give up” really means, one thing still rings true: you can’t follow Jesus without stopping your following of something else. You have to be all in.
It’s about time that we stop nursing our pet sins and finally dive all into following Jesus.
It’s about time that we stop caring about what others think about Jesus and really take care to dive in deep to the love of God and know His character.
What did you do during the snow weekend?