“Whodunnit?” From the mouths of babes …

Kids Ask Some Great Questions

I first became a judge in 1995, and my kids were really young. They liked coming to the courthouse and seeing where Dad worked. One time my son asked about the people in jail. He wanted to know how they could stay in jail over the weekend when there was no bathroom in there.

He was thinking about the little holding cell next to my courtroom. All it has is a bench. There’s no bed, no toilet, nothing but the small bench. Of course, people in there have been brought over from the real jail and sit on that bench only long enough for us to be ready to call them into the courtroom for their hearing.

My son had never been to the real jail. As far as he knew, that was where people in jail stayed. He quickly understood my explanation though, and stopped worrying about people in jail who had to go to the bathroom.

Adults Who Still Can’t Figure Things Out

There was a reality show on TV called “Whodunnit?” a few years ago. The premise seemed interesting: contestants are in a house and one of them is soon the victim of a murder, and then a second person falls prey to the resident villain. The rest compete to figure out who did it. It’s like being in an Agatha Christie mystery novel or playing the board game Clue, but getting a $250,000 prize at the end if you are the first one to get it right.

Sounds like good fun, doesn’t it?

Not to some of the viewers, who (according to this article) feared that reality TV had gone too far this time:

Viewers knew the show was a murder mystery, but it’s now clear what many of them didn’t know was that the murders weren’t real.

Of course, the people who posted their concerns on Twitter might have just been pulling our legs, but the many tweets listed in the article, like this one, seem awfully sincere:

“Soooo, I’m watching Whodunnit? On ABC. Can you kill people on reality tv? Are they really dead?”

As the article’s author explained:

That’s right, despite the fact that killing off contestants would be illegal (and, of course, just plain wrong), some believed that two players might have actually been killed as part of the show.

Growing Up

This brings me to what Paul said about growing up:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11.)

Paul says this in the midst of talking about how people can focus on the wrong things in their relationships with God. Paul said repeatedly in that chapter that what we should really be concentrating on is love.

It’s not a matter of thinking great thoughts, or doing great things, or any other measure that the world would say is a measure of success, or even being able to understand a reality show on TV. The important thing in life is love.

So what is love? Or perhaps I should ask Who is love?


John makes that clear as can be in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” It’s such an important truth he repeats it in verse 16: “God is love.”

And according to Paul, it’s childish to think otherwise.


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6 Responses to “Whodunnit?” From the mouths of babes …

  1. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    This got me thinking about when people say “Yes, God is love, but he’s not ONLY love. He’s also just, and holy, and righteous” … the implication being, I think, that if we focus on love we risk turning God into an indulgent buddy who turns a blind eye to wrongdoing etc. This bothers me a bit because it sounds as if these attributes are somehow opposed to love — but I think if God IS love then it’s not possible for him to have any contrasting attributes or “sides.” Do you know what I mean?

  2. Amen! Perfect timing for me personally, Tim. Thank you.
    Glad you’re still blogging. I had a break from blogland for about a year.

  3. Rosemari Simmons says:

    What a wonderful, thought-provoking article!

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