TV Review - Fringe
Ever been tempted to go back to "before"?
Fringe is the latest television series from JJ Abrams (co-creator of LOST) and currently airs on the Nine Network. Though only the first three episodes have been shown so far, I have been loving this conspiracy thriller in which FBI agent Olivian Dunham’s job is to investigate a pattern of mysterious and unexplained events around the world.
Dunham however, takes a fair bit of convincing before she takes the job, and roughly two thirds of the way through the premiere episode, has this exchange with Phillip Broyles who pleads with her to come and work for him.
Broyles: You’ve seen it. Now you know.
Dunham: I don’t want to know! I have a job.
Broyles: This is a more important job. Anything, anybody you need you can have.
Dunham: I like the job I’ve got and the man I do it with which you seem to have deduced on your own.
Broyles: Look around. You see all these people? Going about their lives, no idea what’s happening around them, what they’re in the middle of…
Dunham: I just want to go back to before.
Broyles: Dunham, I don’t think you can.
It was my lovely wife Kat who first pointed out to me that this exchange captures something of the Christian life very well. Dunham wishes she could “go back to before” - that is, before she knew anything of the strange world events she has encountered. To her, ignorance is bliss. But as Broyles points out to her, she has seen. Going back is not an option.
So it is with those of us who have committed our lives to Jesus. Now that we have “seen” the truth - that is, who Jesus is, what He’s done, what He’s doing and what He will do, we can never go back! But unlike Dunham, we have a responsibility to bring others out of ignorance and into real bliss - the bliss that comes from loving and being loved by Jesus.
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