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Topic: Question (05/24/12)
TITLE: Bible Jeopardy
By Tim Pickl
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With a great dose a secular skepticism, this reporter is observing the town’s first rendition of Bible Jeopardy. Why so skeptical? Because this reporter feels that the “Holy” Bible is a book filled with myths, fairy tales and the wild imaginations of men probably passed down from their encounters with space aliens in ancient times.
I arrived for the event which is being inconveniently held on a stormy Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Community Center.
Question: Isn’t that in-and-of-itself was a violation of the separation between the church and The State?
But, this reporter digresses.
Bible Jeopardy is a game for fun played between 3 churches here in Springfield; the game is loosely based on the regular Jeopardy game which still airs on a local television station every evening, except Sundays.
Question: Why do they skip Sundays?
Bible Jeopardy’s host is being played by our Mayor—which this reporter felt was curiously interesting, as this is a re-election year for our “Christian” Mayor.
Questions: Why does he call himself a “Christian” mayor? Why not a “family values” or “highly ethical” mayor?
Side note: the thunderstorms are getting closer, with the lightning and rolling thunder getting more intense.
On the Bible Jeopardy board there are 5 categories across the top, in the acronym B.I.B.L.E.. Instead of playing for money, the 3 contestants are playing for points. There are 5 answers under each category: 200 points, 400 points, 600 points, 800 points and 1,000 points. The 2 losers of Bible Jeopardy would have to donate money to the winning church’s favorite charity. Please note that in the regular Jeopardy game, they will sneak in some Bible stuff, but this game is way over-the-top—the entire game is about the Bible!
Question: (kind of a bottom line question!) What’s up with all this Bible stuff?
Interesting, as soon as I typed “stuff”, there was a bright flash of lightning and an immediate thunderclap, and we lost our power for a few seconds.
The first Bible Jeopardy board categories across the top looks like this:
Bethany’s story / Immanuel is… / By "The Way" / Lazarus lives / “Every”
Question: How lame is that?
Wow! Another lightning/thunder combination real close by.
After all the lengthy introductions of the “Christian” Mayor, and the 3 Pastors who're playing the first 3 contestants, the game is (finally) on.
Question: Why did they not start the game until almost 7:45 p.m.?
Pastor Rick picked “Immanuel is for 200 points” to start the game.
The Mayor presented the answer, “God with us.”
Pastor Rick responded with the question, “What is...wait…WHO is Jesus?”
Question: That’s a good question! Who is Jesus?
This time the lightning must have hit an electrical transformer. There was another lightning/thunder explosion, along with a flash of blue light. All the lights went out. Everyone just froze, waiting for the power to come back on as it did before.
It looks like we have no power here…and this reporter may get to go out for a dinner and a movie after all tonight!
The only ambient light in this darkened room are my laptop, a few mobile phones and the amber EXIT signs posted over every door. I am going to stop blogging for now…
Please note, I wrote the rest of this blog when I got home that night:
After a few minutes, one of the Pastors spoke up.
It was Pastor Mike.
“Is there a reporter still here in the Community Center? The reporter who is blogging this event on the Town of Springfield Public Live Blog?”
I sheepishly answered, “Yes, I am here.”
“Since we had a little time, I pulled up your blog on my Google Android phone.”
Immediately I got defensive. “I was only writing about the game.”
“Along with your questions, which shows your bias and opinion—which is all fine—this is America.”
“Yes it is, and I can write what I want to.”
“I agree with that, ma’am. But your last question is the question we all will ask at some point in our lives.”
“Who…who is Jesus?”
“Yes. Simply put, Jesus is God. And God in Christ Jesus loves you.”
I could only nod my head in agreement. I was trying not to cry; but the tears squeezed out anyway. It wasn’t so much what he said, it was how he said it.
“Jesus is your answer.”
Amazingly, power was restored at that moment.
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