Friday, May 21, 2010

Lost and Redemption

We are closing in on the finale of Lost. I am afraid that showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof will leave us with a number of unanswered questions, but one thing is clear. This is a story of redemption and the title Lost was well chosen.

In last week’s episode, island protector Jacob (or his apparition) gathered the four final “candidates” around the campfire and laid it on the line. When Sawyer says, “I was doing just fine without you and the island,” Jacob responds with the truth. None of them were doing well in the lives they lived off the island. He says, “I chose all of you because you were flawed, you were all like me, alone and looking for something you couldn't find, and you need this place as much as it needs you."

In a recent interview, Damon Lindelof said:

If there’s one word that we keep coming back to, it’s redemption. It is that idea of everybody has something to be redeemed for and the idea that that redemption doesn’t necessarily come from anywhere else other than internally. But in order to redeem yourself, you can only do it through a community. So the redemption theme started to kind of connect into “live together, die alone,” which is that these people were all lone wolves who were complete strangers on an aircraft, even the ones who were flying together like Sun and Jin. Then let’s bring them together and through their experiences together allow themselves to be redeemed. When the show is firing on all pistons, that’s the kind of storytelling that we’re doing.

These are cosmic issues but also very personal issues. These are the issues that we deal with as believers. I would certainly disagree with Lindelof's answers but agree with his observations about the human situation.

Although we may came at it in a number of ways, Christians believe that the way to redemption is in Jesus Christ.  As His followers, we enter into a community that we often call "the body of Christ."  Like the characters in Lost, we are flawed and in need of redemption, but we know that those who seek that  can find it.

Like followers of Lost, Christians are often left with unanswered questions, but through Christ we find the redemption for which everyone longs.

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