24. Fact. Fiction.

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The Culturally Savvy Christian (CSC) knows the difference between fact and fiction¢â‚¬¦.

Its good to remember this as the new season of 24 begins¢â‚¬¦

Fox’s 24 has come to dominate the lives of millions of devoted fans¢â‚¬¦

Though it is fictional–it is taken as seriously as reality¢â‚¬¦.

Wikipedia’s online dictionary entry for Jack Bauer beings as follows:

Jack Bauer is NOT a fictional character
and the main protagonist in the American television series 24.

The entry goes on to describe Bauer as a flawed hero & master interrogator,
A patriot, who puts his country ahead of himself and family
And who, as a conflicted man,
will stop at nothing, including torture,
To protect his nation’s interests¢â‚¬¦

¢â‚¬¢ Go online and you will find nearly 3 million web entries for jack bauer¢â‚¬¦

¢â‚¬¢ One site tracks his “kill count” another reports that Jack Bauer has been to Mars. Thats why there’s no life on Mars.

¢â‚¬¢ Numerous sites track the proverbs of Jack Bauer¢â‚¬¦like this one
“If you shoot a man’s wife in the knee and he still doesn’t give you the information, he’s bad.”

Or¢â‚¬¦. Sun Tzu once wrote, “If your enemy is weaker, conquer him. If he is stronger, join him. If he is Jack Bauer, you’re dead.”

¢â‚¬¢ Jack Bauer is listed on my space with the slogan “I’ve killed more people than Katrina” and a soundtrack for “Jack is Back.”

¢â‚¬¢ One site explores jack’s childhood reporting Jack was not born he was unleashed¢â‚¬¦and¢â‚¬¦when jack was a child he made his MOTHER eat his vegetables!

¢â‚¬¢ One site refers to a national survey in which 37% of Americans believe Jack Bauer IS REAL!

¢â‚¬¢ There are websites arguing Jack is a republican and others proving he is a democrat¢â‚¬¦

¢â‚¬¢ Jack’s religious significance is explored–

¢â‚¬¢ One blog reveals that in a coming season Jack ends up joining a Quaker church and won’t fight anymore so that season will be all about him making barns and growing corn.

¢â‚¬¢ Emergent church pastor Mark Driscoll blogs this–At the risk of sounding blasphemous, I would like to offer the suggestion that perhaps 24 is incredibly popular because Jack Bauer is a lot like Jesus, as the following correlations indicate:

* Jack and Jesus are both dudes who worked in construction.
* Jack and Jesus have disciples and Jack’s disciples have names like Chloe, Michelle, Bill, and Tony.
* Jack and Jesus do not lie and can be trusted to accomplish whatever they promise.
* Jack and Jesus both oppose evil and seek to bring forth a glorious shalom world, free of tyranny and evildoers.
* Jack and Jesus were both betrayed by a close friend who ended up dying as a result of his sin.
* Jack and Jesus are both saviors willing to lay down their life for those they love.
* Jack and Jesus were both resurrected from death; Jack was essentially put to death to fool the Chinese government and then resuscitated.

The CSC knows the difference between fact and fiction¢â‚¬¦.

In a day when terrorism poses a real threat—it is a comforting diversion to watch Jack Bauer stop terrorists in their tracks¢â‚¬¦

In a day marked by fear¢â‚¬¦its not a bad thing for people to go online and swap jokes about Jack Bauer¢â‚¬¦

But at the end of the day
Even though a Google search of jack Bauer will get more listings
than you and I & everybody who reads dickstaub.combined,
When it comes to solving problems in our families, neighborhoods, churches, community and world¢â‚¬¦Jack Bauer can’t do a thing¢â‚¬¦because he isn’t real¢â‚¬¦

He may be a TV hero¢â‚¬¦
But the world needs everyday heroes¢â‚¬¦
And that’s a job that’s left to you and me
And we’re up to the task¢â‚¬¦ Because JESUS IS real¢â‚¬¦alive and lives within us.
AND because we’re Culturally Savvy Christians
And the CSC knows the difference between fact and fiction¢â‚¬¦.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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