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Twenty-Fo

If you don’t know by now, I am a huge…HUH-UGE…fan of 24.  I’ve been watching the show since it began many years ago.  Jack Bauer is singlehandedly the most impressive interrogator/worker/patriot/do-it-all character there is.  The hubby and I have successfully brought many into the 24 loop and now, well, they are also fans.  If you are one of them, you’re welcome. Recently, I was watching the show and had an “a-ha” moment.  Whether or not you believe you can have epiphanic moments while watching mindless TV is not up for debate here.  I happen to believe God can and will use anything He pleases to get a point across. But that’s just me. On the show we see people judging Jack Bauer for his techniques that, albeit it way off base from time to time, usually deliver results and save thousands of lives.  And it hit me the other night when the Senator who is prosecuting him was being a jerk.  I thought, “Jack doesn’t have the luxury of thinking that.” What I am simply saying is that we all think things about situations.  Whether it be the presidency, the economy, poverty, or any given amount of things that people discuss, we have our opinions. We think we know exactly what we would do in a situation.  We think it’s so cut and dry.  We have the luxury of making those judgments.  The people who really have to make those calls, don’t have the luxury. Does that make sense at all? Thinking out loud here. What do you think?

9 thoughts on “Twenty-Fo”

  1. I’m a 24 fan too, but it’s not the same 24. My 24 makes judgement calls while driving 200 mph.

  2. There is a huge difference in thinking what a a decision should be and having the responsibility for the result of the decision that was made.

  3. It makes complete sense to me. I used to be one of those that would think “I’d never do ____” or “If I were in that situation, I would ____”. Then God allowed me to be placed in some of those situations. I believe NOTHING…absolutely NOTHING is that cut and dry in our lives. It has given me the ability to be gentle, loving, kind, and prayerful to those that are going through difficult situations that I once though “I would handle it like _____”. Make sense? 🙂

  4. I totally agree. It is easy for us as bystanders to say what someone should be doing or that we would do it differently. But in reality, no one know what they would do until faced with the situation. All we can do is pray for grace and understanding while we are in, or watching someone in a situation. On another note, I can’t believe they killed off Bill!!!

  5. Yep…hubby & I are BIG 24 fans!! There are ALOT of spiritual correlations in the show that we love to discuss!
    I need to show more grace and pray hard when others are facing difficult decisions and not pounce on them when “I think they are wrong”! Loved Bill Buchanan…can’t believe they killed him off…but almost everyone that is close to Jack dies…except Chloe and the resurrected Tony! 🙂

  6. I too am a 24 fan and yes God has spoken to me in this show as well. The first episode of this season Jack said something that helps me through this season he said “the difference between sucess and failure is the ability to adapt to your enemy.” That just sparked something in me. By now we should know the enemy’s attacks tactics: plots, plans, decoys, delays, distactions, etc. Once we recognize them, the Bible (2 Cor 10:3-6) permits us to take them captive and make them obedient to Christ.
    Last week the Prez said “keep your eyes open and be ready.” If that don’t light you fire, then your woods is wet.

    Blessing to all!

  7. I am one of those people who agrees with you Cindy. About how God gets the message to us. I have gotten plenty life lessons and writings watching TV and films.
    We all would love to think that we would know what to do when forced to make a difficult decision. The reality is there is no easy choice when it comes to anything, not even picking out shoes (ladies back me up).

    I think we have to look at certain situations from all angles before we begin to judge anyone for the one they have chosen.

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