Who Will Vouch For Me?

Today I have the honor of having Ben Nunes guest post on Abraham Chronicles. He is the epitome of a family man and I even had the excellent privilege of meeting him for a cup of ‘joe last week. Ben blogs and tweets his heart on his sleeve. He hangs with middle schoolers, loves his wife and kids, and apparently makes a mean hamburger. Be sure to show him some love in the comments!

I loved the show Friday Night Lights. It’s a good wholesome TV show about the life of Coach Taylor and football in the semi-fictitious city of Dillon, Texas. Honestly, I can say it will be a TV series that will be one of my forever favorites. Along with 24 and Lost.

One of the episodes in its final season depicted a young man “Riggins” who was up for parole. The reason why he was in jail is an entirely different story in itself, but let’s just say he didn’t deserve to be where he was. So Riggins had Coach Taylor, and a family friend testify on Riggins behalf, so that he could get paroled. A third person, his brother, who happened to be the reason why he was locked away to begin with, gave a pretty shaky testimony as well.

Long story short, it was enough to get him paroled.

This episode, along with many others places a tension within the viewer that seemed to almost always hit pretty close to home. Here was Riggins, not even knowing if anybody was going to show up to vouch for his character so that he could end his sentence.

Although I’m very glad I will (hopefully) never be in a position like Riggins here on earth, I’m even more glad I won’t have to worry about The One who will vouch for me when it comes to Heaven.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

While we were still sinners. What the…

We didn’t have to do anything for God to send His Son down for our salvation, and we are most certainly not going to get into Heaven on good behavior.

He sent His Son, in spite of our actions, because He loved us. Get that?

Out of Love.

His Love.

His most perfect, unconditional, Love.

Do you have anybody this side of Heaven that you would vouch for?

Do you like Friday Night Lights?

35 Comments

  • Dustin

    April 13, 2011

    Ben, great job with the post. Thanks again for filling in this week!

    I’ve never seen FNL, but you are like the 47th person to say it is the show of the century (okay, maybe not that, but apparently it is really good!).

    WORD!

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    • Ben

      April 13, 2011

      Thanks for the opp D, and you should go get FNL season 1 yesterday.

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  • moe

    April 13, 2011

    I would vouch for you my friend. Seriously. I would also vouch for my band of brothers (you know you are) and obviously my family.

    I’ve never watched that show. But I do like Friday nights… and I do like lights. Especially of different colors. Does that count?

    Good job Ben. Keep it up buddy!

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      Band of Brothers FTW!

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    • Ben

      April 14, 2011

      Thanks man, liking friday nights and different colors could mean 1 of 2 things, so I’ll give you half-credit.

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  • Jim F

    April 13, 2011

    I too have never seen the show.

    Love the post. There are a number of people in my life who I would vouch for. God has blessed me with many great people in my life.

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  • Michael

    April 13, 2011

    Never seen the show. I liked the movie.

    And I would vouch for a lot of people to get paroled, but not to get a job.

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      Best part of the movie? Boobie Miles.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    April 13, 2011

    I would unequivocally vouch for my wife and 2 girls. There are others. Now…would they vouch for me is an even better question. :)

    No, I haven’t seen it since I really don’t watch much TV at all.

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      >>> “…unequivocally vouch for my wife and 2 girls.”

      Likewise!

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  • ThatGuyKC

    April 13, 2011

    Great post, Ben! Thank you, Dustin for featuring such a solid dude.

    I’ve never seen the tv series, but I saw the FNL movie and thought it was pretty good.

    Having someone in your corner to “have your back” is a secure feeling.

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    • Ben

      April 14, 2011

      FNL Movie is a bit different, and in fact I think the TV series was much better.

      Having somebody in “our” corner is definitely a most secure feeling.

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  • Keri @ Pop Parables

    April 13, 2011

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE FNL! But, I haven’t seen the final episodes yet so I can’t read this post because it has spoilers! I’m so sad to see the show ending. :(

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    • Ben

      April 13, 2011

      bah, it’s not THAT much of a spoiler… :-)

      I was thinking, Parables within FNL? I think so… plenty of material there, no?

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  • Adam

    April 13, 2011

    I have several that I would vouch for to get paroled. Like Bill said, I hope they all would do likewise!
    Never watched it. Have noticed it on Netflix to watch instantly…I guess I should give it a try.

    Good words Ben! Nailed it my friend!

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      Ohhh, netflix. Forgot about that. Good call, Adam!

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  • Ryan Tate

    April 13, 2011

    Great post, full of truth and hope. I too love Friday Night Lights. (I just saw a commercial last night that said the last season is returning to NBC this Friday night.)

    I have a lot of people in my life that I would vouch for and who would vouch for me.

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  • Jon

    April 13, 2011

    I, too, would have many people that I would vouch. The beauty of Christ is that He vouched for everyone regardless of who they are and what they did.

    I’ve never seen FNL, but I, too, have read rave reviews about it. So I might try to catch it in the summer :). This makes me want to write a Fringe related post haha (another show you should watch…sorry Dustin I had to ;) )

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      I come to expect that at every TV show reference, Jon will bring up Fringe.

      Not a bad thing… just expected. :)

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  • Tony Alicea

    April 13, 2011

    I never saw Friday Night Lights but I would easily vouch for any of my boys in the Brotherhood! What, what! *throws up gang sign

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      Throwin’ up! What What!

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    • moe

      April 13, 2011

      Gang signs? Oh, I’m in there…. East side SUCKAS!!!!! Oh crap. I just took a perfectly spiritual post and made it carnal. #badmoe

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  • kristinherdy

    April 13, 2011

    I saw the first season, but haven’t had the opportunity to see the rest.

    I would vouch for my mentor at Church, my mother, my sister, my daughters and several more. I would risk my reputation for many people, but whether they would vouch for me is all together different, I suppose.

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  • Joseph

    April 13, 2011

    One of my favorite shows. I loved that show. There are some wonderful people in my life that I would most certainly vouch for. And I hope I display a life that would makes others want to do the same for me. Great Post!

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  • Justin

    April 13, 2011

    Never watched that show!

    I can certainly think of some folks I would vouch for – and I hope there are some that would say the same of me.

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  • Granpa

    April 13, 2011

    I agree with JON – I can only imagine the cost Christ paid, when He vouched for me, in spite of myself – I must do the same for my family, and for the generations to come.

    Never watched FNL on a regular basis, but certainly enjoyed the football scenes…

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    • Ben

      April 13, 2011

      Football scenes? Oh man did you enjoy them! Those team bbq’s were epic!

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  • Bryan Thompson

    April 14, 2011

    Dustin, I’d like to think I’d vouch for any of my friends if they needed me. Including you and my blogging community friends. I would be a reference for any of you in any way you needed me to be. And in all that, I still wouldn’t come close to how God vouches for me. I’m so humbled by it daily! That nothing I could do would make God love me less. It’s a humbling thought!

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    April 14, 2011

    D,(and Ben)…

    This is a tough one, really. My knee-jerk reaction would be, ‘Yes, I would vouch for my friends’, but in reality I would need to know the full story first. My friend might be in the wrong, and I would need to be a son and a brother and keep him accountable. Just sayin’.

    However….

    I am very glad that my Jesus is seated at the right hand of my Father even now, interceding for me. He is the one mediator between man and God, is He not? Word.

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    • Ben

      April 14, 2011

      I feel ya on the “need to know the full story” bit, been there too…

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  • mo

    April 14, 2011

    I’m definitely thankful that I’ve got the ultimate lawyer :)

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      …who has never lost a case!

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  • Alex Humphrey

    April 14, 2011

    Amen, Ben! Great post! We have someone who will vouch for us before the Holy throne of God! Praise His name!! How amazing!

    “While we were yet sinners…” One of the most beautiful phrases I have ever heard =)

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    • Ben

      April 14, 2011

      But of course it’s beautiful :-)

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  • seekingpastor

    April 14, 2011

    I never watched FNL, even though it seems like a show I would like.

    And I would be willing to vouch for a lot of folks because my credit is already pretty bad.

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