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:




Beth · 3 Jan ’12 at 8:03 am

Wow, that’s cool that she is on there. I’m not a fan of the show, but hopefully she made a positive impact on the people around her.

I watched One Night With The King and realized that the Bachelor & Bachelorette were based off Esther. That’s how Esther became queen. I’m still not sure if that’s the best way to find love, but it can work for some.

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Jan ’12 at 8:36 am

    Wow, Beth! I’d never thought of that. So true. And now that I think of it, that’s how a large portion of royalty probably found their spouses throughout history. Gosh, we even have our daughters grow up on Cinderella: what was “an invitation to the ball” all about? You get the prize for the most insightful comment (and you’re the first comment, so that’s really saying something!).

Dale king · 3 Jan ’12 at 11:59 am

Hey chris this is dale jamies little brother im glad that u will be cheering her on and i know she is pumped i talk to her almost everyday it means alot to me to see her happy and im glad she has fans like u to keep her going so thank you

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Jan ’12 at 1:24 pm

    Dale: man, great to hear form you. Thanks for posting a comment here. Appreciate you and your big sis. Pretty stoked for her! Keep in touch.

Susie · 3 Jan ’12 at 12:02 pm

Ironically I was just thinking this morning about how we are meant to go into the world to preach the gospel, but also to remain separate from the world. I love how you pointed out that Jesus isn’t afraid to be associated with what a lot of people deem as “offensive”. This girl has an opportunity to share the gospel and be a light to millions of people – just by living her life of high standards and ethics. I’m definitely going to be praying for her. But cool point.
Ps. stop (but don’t really stop lol) writing about things that God has been reminding me of. geesh. I go to write a blog post on a subject and you’ve already written it. haha You’re awesome P. Hopper. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Jan ’12 at 1:25 pm

    Well, glad to know I’m in good thematic company then! And you still should write on it…you’ll see plenty I’m not.

Mandee Widrick · 3 Jan ’12 at 8:15 pm

So, I admit it, I watched that show for at least 3-4 years. I quit when the couples kept breaking up and I decided it was a waste of my time, ha. However, my curiosity is peaked now and I might just watch a few episodes on Hulu even though I’ve never met Jamie. I had another friend that tried to cast on the show earlier this year…she didn’t make it on, but it definitely made me more familiar with the casting process. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Jan ’12 at 11:36 pm

    I love your candidness. Right on. But yeah, maybe Jamie will give you an intentional reason to watch now. And yes, while I don’t know a whole lot about the casting process for this show, I find the mechanics of it all quite fascinating.

deana madigan · 4 Jan ’12 at 3:29 am

Well said Chris, gotta go deep sometimes to get the big fish in His world!!!

Mom · 4 Jan ’12 at 10:41 am

Love you Jamie-proud of you! Love you Christopher-proud of you!

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