The original Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964. The second coming of this series only lasted two seasons in 2002 and 2003. Trying to feed off of the success of the X Files, this science fiction television show attempted to illustrate what if scenarios that defy logic. Despite asking Bruce Willis to star in the revived pilot episode,, this type of show ran its course in time. My favorite episode of the latter version is entitled A Message from Charity.
“For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out. For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow. Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding? – Job 8:8-10
Two teenagers born 300 years apart contract the same virus which killed others their age. A parasite from stagnant well water brings a boy from the present named Peter and a girl from Colonial times, Charity together. Like a time warp, each is able to see into the other’s world. While hallucinating with high fevers, these two teens begin to hear voices on the other side. Initially in denial, Charity and Peter begin to communicate. Unfortunately, when Charity reveals this secret to a friend, she is put on trial for being a witch.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
Using a public library to help Charity, Peter combs through history books to prepare Charity for her public hearing. Meanwhile, each time Peter curses or takes the Lord’s name in vain, Charity’s faith naturally flows, quickly reminding Peter about what is right, noble and true. If Charity was alive today, she would remind current leaders and politicians about the need for civility. This is one message that everyone needs to hear. Instead of complaining, condemning and yelling at those you disagree with, its time to take a lesson from the past by demonstrating courtesy, kindness and respect.
by Jay Mankus