Monday, March 31, 2008

I Have Been Selected for Big Brother 10 on CBS

As some of my friends can tell you, I have been an off again, on again fan of Big Brother on CBS television for a number of years. While I haven’t watched every season, I watched every episode of Season 1, then off again, on again, for seasons thereafter. I did watch every episode of Season 8, and most every episode of Season 9. Imagine my surprise as I was notified yesterday that I have been chosen to be a house guest on Season 10 of Big Brother.

I was really surprised when speaking with representatives of CBS Television as to their reasoning for selecting me. I made it clear in my application, including my video resume as to my issues with the way Christians were being represented in the last two seasons. In season 8 we had Christians praying for all kinds of things and doing all kinds of things that just didn’t line up with the Bible. It was an obvious “name it claim it” group of Christians that didn’t get it. Then there is the current season. You would have thought the Christians had just walked out of the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Heffner as one of their pastoral support members. I made it clear, I had had enough, it was time that a Christian with real integrity stood up, have some fun, and represent the Billion plus Christians around the world in a real way. My insistence on this was the contributing factor to my selection.

As part of the program, I have to only compromise on a few things but I think it is worth it, after all, we can all find room to compromise for Jesus can’t we? As a part of the selection I have to go onto the program representing myself as being single. I can’t let anyone know that I am married and have children. They want some form of courtship so I am giving in to it. Part of this has to do with a twist in the show that I can’t speak much about but has been made clear to me. There are other things though, and I wanted to explain a few things.

One of the things they want from me is that I initially present myself as an Atheist. They have a plan that I will be converted to Christianity during the course of the program. I am to be just like everyone else, and they want me to convert to a “Holy Roller” type of Christian. This will all occur after I have been confronted for getting into the hot-tub naked after it has been filled up with bubbles by another “Holy Roller” Christian on the program. Long story made short, part of the twist is the agreements the two of us have from the get go, you know a Christian and an Atheist going at it back and forth. They figure the religious debate and arguing will make for good ratings on the television show. I have been pretty much assured that if I compromise on these things I will be assured to make it to the final 10. Once making it to the final 10, every thing is on my own, and whether I stay or go is up to the “rules and voting of the house.”

I am excited and this will be a huge answer to prayer, think about it, I only have to compromise a few of my beliefs and I will have a chance at winning the $500,000 prize offered to the winner of Big Brother 10. I will also be guaranteed $1,000 a week for the duration of my stay up to this point, and after making a name for myself, I will be able to spread the message of Jesus all over the world.

Just imagine what any of us can accomplish or gain with a little compromise. I assure you, it isn’t like we are fools or anything like that, I mean isn’t it worth it to share Jesus at all costs with a world that needs to hear about him? We should weigh the few bad things we may have to do with all of the good things we can accomplish if we just give in a little.

Now for those who have read this far, and has any issue with any of the things I have stated, we can all be foolish, but we should never be fools, not even on April Fools Day, but then again, I think my true friends, and those who know me, would know that the last thing I would ever encourage is for any of us to compromise our values and our faith. Hopefully on this day, of all days, we can have a little reminder that it is better to be dedicated to Jesus every day than to be the king of fools on April Fools Day.

As for me, no amount of money, or any compromise of my faith and values is worth any dollar amount or prestige anyone could give me. Hopefully your convictions and beliefs are solid enough, and strong enough in something of value, like Jesus Christ, that neither would you consider compromising those things that are of ultimate value.

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