In any event, there isn't much on TV at night unless you're fond of informercials, reruns of last week's Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, and yet another helping of whatever movie TBS is overpromoting and playing for the 56th time this week. Given the choice, I stick with Conan.
Recently I was amazed by a late-night commercial I saw featuring Evangeline Lilly, one of the breakout stars from the ABC show "Lost." It was a commercial for "Livelinks," one of those phone services for singles (most likely, single guys with credit cards) who want to "connect live" with someone on the other end. In this case, you're led to believe that this now famous woman (because they're still running the ads) is waiting to chat with you... which I think has to crush the illusion (if it ever existed) that these are the actual people you speak with.
Hypothetical caller: Um... is this the gal from Lost?
Lost girl: Yep.
Hypothetical caller: Yeah, so are you like answering ths on the island?
Lost girl: Yep.
Hypothetical caller: Right. So what's the deal with that whole black smoke in the jungle thing?
Lost girl: Beats me. It's just a job.
This isn't meant to slam this actress, for I don't know her and am just assuming this was a resume building gig. I've even read that the one thing she would take with her if stranded on an island was her Bible. In fact, she at one time studied to become a missionary and went on a three week Christian Missionary trip to the Philippines. So maybe there is some real content to her.
Then again... I don't know her. Dominic Monaghan - her boyfriend and Lost co-star - said, "She's a Christian, but she's a pottymouth." So I don't know her, but he does... and that's an interesting quote of his.
Which kind of is my point... a lot of things in life promise us one thing with a smile and yet beneath the surface it's nothing more than an empty offer. Often we transfer this kind of learned skepticism towards God - the One who is more real than anything we can see with our eyes.
I don't know if anyone really thinks Evangeline Lilly is waiting for a phone call, but someone might actually buy it. You could even spend a lot of useless energy speculating whether or not she is a Christian, but that will get you nowhere. The bottom line is that EVERYONE needs Jesus Christ - including you and me.
Thankfully... He IS waiting to talk to us right now and "connect live."
In fact, He'll even pick up the cost.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16)