This has been a big week for our family. Last summer, a 7-member production crew spent three days in our home filming a documentary for the BBC called Miriam’s Big American Adventure, and the third and final episode — the one we’re in — aired Wednesday night.
The show is hosted by Miriam Margolyes, considered a national treasure by fans in England, but better known in America as Professor Sprout of Harry Potter fame. Although the show isn’t available in the US yet, we’ve heard good things from friends in the UK who have watched it.
We’ve also seen this short clip BBC One posted on YouTube a few days ago:
We’ve stayed in touch with Miriam since our first meeting and even visited her in London during a recent family vacation. She told us she was nervous about this show coming out. She has never liked watching herself on TV, but she also wondered what her fellow atheists were going to think of her befriending a family of believers.
“I must confess I feel a little nervous about the show coming out, too.” I confided in Miriam a couple of weeks ago, “not because I’m afraid of being made to look foolish or fear that people won’t like or agree with me. Those things don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. But I desperately want to be presented in a way that does not dishonor God.”
I went on to explain that God commands us to speak the TRUTH in LOVE, which is what we earnestly strive to do. If this film edits out the LOVE, we’ll appear legalistic and self-righteous and may give the impression we think it’s possible to “earn” one’s way to heaven through good works (it’s not). On the other hand, if the show edits out the TRUTH, then our testimony will be rendered completely meaningless, stripped of that marvelous power of God that changes hearts and transforms lives.
Either of those options would be tragic, because neither would convey the good news that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
For that’s our story, in a nutshell. If that foundational belief does not somehow make it into our 7- or 8-minute segment of Miriam’s Great American Adventure, they will have failed to capture the thing that really makes us tick — the story behind the story of why we do everything else we do upon this earth. “For whether then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)