**Potty-mouth warning, for the easily offended
That said, this is well worth a watch!
The wife and I have watched right through "Orange is the New Black," and it's cracking telly, with its raw, honest, political observations of serious and comedic value, alongside a cracking soundtrack which I have playing on loop at the moment.
This scene from the third season is one of my all-time stand-out "God moments" from television. It's beautiful, and says everything I need to regularly be reminded of. In it, Cindy is trying to convert to Judaism, and trying to convince the Rabbi that it's about more than just the better meals that Kosher prisoners get with real vegetables:
Aside from the revelation about the whole asking three times thing, which completely transformed the way I think about Jesus re-instating Peter post-resurrection, and having to ask three times about re-investing as a disciple, Cindy's conviction is spot on... What a monologue!
"Honestly, I think I found my people. I was raised in a church where I was told to believe and pray. And if I was bad I'd go to hell. If I was good I'd go to heaven. If I asked Jesus, he'd forgive me and that was that. And here y'all said ain't no hell, ain't sure about heaven, and if you do something wrong you've got to figure it out yourself. And as far as God is concerned, it's your job to keep asking questions and to keep learning and to keep arguing. It's like a verb. It's like, ... you do God. And that's a lot of work. But I think I'm in, at least as far as i can see it. I mean, maybe I'll learn more and say "fuck the whole thing," but I want to learn more and I think I gotta be in it to do that. You know, does that make sense? Shit, did I just talk myself out of it?"
What if God really is a verb?
What if it was harder work than we make out?
But what if it's worth it?
Bottom line is that I'm with Cindy. It's my job to keep asking questions, to keep learning, and to keep arguing, and I'm "in".
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!