Episode 370 - Serling's Miracle, and Ours

Episode 334 · November 16th, 2023 · 18 mins

About this Episode

When I survey... not the Wondrous Cross, but the world as it's currently going, it's hard not to despair. So many things seem and feel wrong -- are wrong.

Providentially (as I see it), I've been directed back to Rod Serling. He was so focussed on justice, and especially social justice; and also on fate and impassable destiny. But he also believed in One Big Miracle. Rod Serling believed in the Miracle of Christmas!

This comes out in teleplay after teleplay, from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. Serling honestly believed that One Miracle could change the fallen world.

Go back and watch the 1971 'Night Gallery' episode entitled "The Messiah on Mott Street". It's easy to find online, and is also free of charge. The episode not only enacts a first-class human miracle, but it is also a high point of Jewish-Christian reconciliation in a network TV show. In short, "The Messiah on Mott Street" is a wonder. It will give you fresh hope.

And not just hope in 'meta'-terms. But hope for that particular personal insolubility with which you are currently dealing. Oddly, Rod Serling has given me new hope today as I look out on the world.

Oh, and read Ross Douthat's terrific recent column in the New York Times entitled, "Where Does Religion Come From?". It has a Rod Serling quality to it. And a Simeon Zahl quality, too!