A Review of Chris Seay “Gospel According To Lost”:
“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LOST” is an interesting read; especially if like me, you’ve never seen a single episode. On the surface it’s like having cliff notes to the show (if I were to take a test on Lost I think I’d have a pretty good gist of what is going on with the show).
The author is Pastor Chris Seay and you can tell from the book that he’s invested a lot of time in the show. He comes across as a deep thinker and serious Christian who cares deeply about humanity and the human condition (although as you’ll see below I disagree with him somewhat). Pastor Seay delves into the lives of each character and tries to unravel what makes them tick. Each circumstance and every struggle is analyzed and brought to light using biblical references; in fact the weaving of the show and the biblical applications are deeply moving and edifying.
There are only two objections that I have with the book, and these are easily dismissed as not important enough to reject it. The first is the use of “The Voice”. Here is an explanation of what the voice is “The Voice is a fresh expression of the timeless narrative known as the Bible. Stories that were told to emerging generations of God’s goodness by their grandparents and tribal leaders were recorded and assembled to form the Christian Scriptures. Too often the passion, grit, humor, and beauty has been lost in the translation process. The Voice seeks to recapture what was lost.” http://hearthevoice.com/pages/about I disagree with the above sentiment, I don’t believe things are lost in translations as much as faith is lost by not hearing (for whatever reason) the voice of Jesus. This version of scripture seeks to bring together “a group of writers, poets, scholars, pastors, and storytellers have committed to work together to bring the Scriptures to life in a way that celebrates both beauty and truth”. This to me is not the intent of the authors of scripture and leads to subjectivism.
The second objection I have is Pastor Seay definition of religion. The definition is a broad brush one and does not capture what true religion is.
For the most part the work is intriguing and it definitely makes you want to watch the show!