For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7, 8 ESV)
So I had the chance after putting my little ones to sleep earlier today to catch the pilot episode of “Dream School” on Sundance Channel. The reality tv show features at risk students who have the opportunity of a lifetime – a second chance at furthering their education in one of the most stunning home campuses I’ve ever seen. They are greeted at the door by the rapper 50 cent who will play their mentor throughout the duration of the season, ahem, semester. Immediately he drops wisdom on the youngster; life coach type stuff straight outta the gutters of Jamaica, Queens where he grew up.
Long story short, they have celebrity teachers from Jesse Jackson to Oliver Stone, Swizz Beats to Dave Arquette, Suze Orman to Jamie Oliver. The school campus is great. Teacher to student ratio is great. All of this as an opportunity to land themselves out of their horrid situations, and ready for a college of high calibre.
What is disheartening though is that a lot of the students at Dream School do not take the opportunity seriously. One student says that she’s planning to sleep for the rest of her life. Most of the kids fall asleep during Oliver Stones history lecture. One student has a mother who enables her by faking a story about a dog dying at the hands (or claws) of an eagle, and so to help her daughter get over the loss of the dog, she sends her skipping school to Coachella for the music festival.
An opportunity of a lifetime. And for the most part these students seem to not want it as much as the faculty (and the production team) want to pass onto them. I began to think, should I had been delinquent to get this sort of educational opportunity?
Made me begin to wonder that at the announcement of the best news ever: that God sends his son Jesus to lay his life down for all of humanity to experience Gods love; why billions of people may have heard the Gospel, and still don’t want eternal life with Jesus. Still don’t want Jesus at all.
Carpe Diem – Seize the day when God reveals how much he loves you. And Seize the God who gives this opportunity to be known through his Son Jesus!
reflection/discussion question: What precepts dictate the way you live?