Lost Season 1 Episode 7
Having a choice, making decisions based on more than instinct (pointing to the boar) is the only thing that separates you from him. – John Locke
I remember being in my early teens, my parents owned a Bakery/Coffee Shop in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles. I was working there when a man came in and loudly disrupted our lunch time “crowd." We kindly asked him to leave and he said it was a free country. I repeated something a teacher had told me, “Freedom is the ability to choose the good and reject the bad.”
I had no idea what I was talking about…I just spewed it out like a computer. It was a programmed response. But today I see the wisdom in those words. We have serious choices to make in life as Charley did in this episode. And each of the choices we make have lasting consequences. The theme of choice is what MovedMe about Episode 7, The Moth.
This episode started great with the confessional scene. In shocking fashion Charley, newly popular because of his band, confesses to some pretty raunchy stuff. The priest lays it out for him saying “We all have our temptations, but giving in to them, that’s your choice.” To Charley’s credit he took that to heart and had every intention of leaving the band and fixing his life.
But the temptation was too strong. Aided by his brother’s plea he made the choice to stick with the band. It seemed he couldn’t make any other choice…but it led to a downward spiral that led to a heroin addiction. Choices...once you start making them they lead you to the next choice and the next.
Back on the island, Locke tells Charley that he doesn’t only know about his addiction he wants to help. In a wonderful twist Locke teaches Charley that he really does have a choice in the matter by giving him three chances to ask for his drugs back. That way either way Charley knew it was his choice to continue or to stop.
If you are anything like me you’ve found that you are powerless to choose. You may think you have the power to turn down that 2nd or 3rd donut but you don’t. Or maybe you are one of those that are in denial and you think you do have control but if you take a good look at your life you really don’t have any power over the choices you make.
I’m here to tell you that we absolutely have the power to change…the freedom to choose the good and reject the bad. If you are a seeker, the first step is to fall on your knees and accept Jesus Christ into your life. Without his power you don’t have the freedom to choose…trust me on that, I didn’t. For Christians reading this, Jesus didn’t die on the cross and rise from the dead so that you could make bad choices. That same power that raised him from the dead is alive in you.
Choose the good and reject the bad…the choice so to speak is yours and mine.