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  • KENT BUSH: Will ‘Survivor’ appearance jeopardize Lisa Whelchel’s Christian witness?

  • I start every day with music.I have three radio stations whose early hour shows make my mornings better. I listen to either K-LOVE, The House FM or WAY FM while getting ready for my day. The music and interesting religious discussions there just help put me in a frame of mind to handle what the day has for me.
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  • I start every day with music.
    I have three radio stations whose early hour shows make my mornings better. I listen to either K-LOVE, The House FM or WAY FM while getting ready for my day. The music and interesting religious discussions there just help put me in a frame of mind to handle what the day has for me.
    One discussion this week was pretty humorous and I wanted to take issue with what was said. Lisa Whelchel – Blair from the 1980s television show The Facts of Life – has been outspoken about her faith and now she is joining the cast of Survivor.
    Anyone who knows the show understands that contestants are forced to deceive competitors to win. The interest in the show comes from the double-cross moments or when the deceiver gets deceived.
    So what should Whelchel do? Should she lie on the show? After all, Jesus wouldn’t lie.
    To me, the topic was hilarious. Survivor is a game. It happens to be a game where people fool each other to play. I don’t think Jesus is too worried about whether someone plays a game.
    After all, no one questions Tim Tebow when he plays football. In Matthew 5:39 Jesus told his followers not to resist their enemies but, if someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to them also. But I have seen Tebow block and someone has to tackle all of those defensive backs who intercept his passes.
    If Tebow is allowed to knock people to the ground in pursuit of his game, I think Whelchel is allowed to fool fellow contestants on Survivor without jeopardizing her Christian witness.
    But one offhanded comment by the morning show hosts was even more off base. While they were laughing about “What Would Jesus Do” on Survivor, one host said Jesus wouldn’t lie. He said he wouldn’t have to. His theory was that Jesus would win Survivor in the first episode and ruin the whole series.
    I don’t remember things going that well for Jesus during his life. Jesus wasn’t very popular. Instead of winning the game easily, something tells me Jesus would be voted out first.
    Everyone who ever watched a crazy rainbow-wig-wearing fan hold a sign at a football game knows John 3:16. But how many people have read a few verses down to find out about how the world received Jesus?
    In verses 19 and 20, John said, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Jesus’ honesty isn’t in question. But I think that is what would lose him the game. Remember, those guys he called “whitewashed tombs” because they played the religious game of their day and looked good on the outside but inside were nothing but dead men’s bones were the same ones who killed Jesus.
    I don’t think he would do much better on Survivor.
    Regardless, I think Whelchel playing the game could be fun. I bet she finds a way to stay true to her beliefs.
    I’m just glad some people still think about what Jesus would do and trying to set their own course based on the example he set.
    Kent Bush is the Augusta Gazette Publisher, a columnist and blogger for the GateHouse Media Network.  He can be contacted at publisher@augustagazette.com.

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