I can honestly say I never thought I’d write a post about a TV show I think is absolutely absurd, leaking with more progesteronly charged drama than a study hall full of texting crazed teenage girls whose ovaries are clanging together so loudly I can I hear them across state lines. (@revericp)
Fortunately for me, I’m not writing about The Bachelor.
I’m writing about Jamie Otis.
Jennifer and I watched (or laugh-watched) about 5 minutes of the season debut tonight. It wasn’t until I got a text from my sister Natalie that I had to do a double take.
“Do you remember Jamie Otis from Reach Out [For Christ Church] youth group? She is on the Bachelor!”
Sure enough, it was Jamie, hardly changed from the face I remember from 15 years ago. I was her Youth Pastor. And that was my first youth group.
I’m amazed at how quickly I felt convicted when I found out.
Oh – I still think the show’s hilarious. And sad. And I honestly do see each lady there as having a story. As a real individual.
But I felt convicted because, while I so easily judged the show, I know how genuine a person Jamie was and I’m sure still is. I know about some of her absolutely selfless acts toward her siblings when it came to a difficult (understated) family life. I know she’s fought hard in life and come from nothing. I know the mobile home she grew up in. I know she must be making a great maternity nurse at Cortland Medical outside my hometown. And I have many memories of how passionately she worshipped Jesus when she was young.
God doesn’t blink at that stuff.
As a Christian, it’d be very easy for me to align myself with a religious spirit and distance myself from what many perceive as a “dirty show.” But in doing so I’d be distancing myself from a person of immense value. That’s just one reason why I love Jesus so much: he was never afraid to get dirty when spending time around situations others thought were offensive. He valued hearts more than he did appearances and proximity.
I’m not convinced The Bachelor is the best way to find love, nor what this generation needs to see (I’m being kind), but knowing Jamie, she’s probably more pumped about the adventure than anything else. And for that, I’m thrilled for the little girl from Freeville, NY.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’ll be watching you girl. (But only for about 5 minutes at a time). ch: