I love Columbo.
There, I’ve said it. It’s out there in the open and I won’t retract the statement because it is the truth. I love Columbo, I don’t think there’s been a better detective programme on television and that includes Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
What I love about Columbo among many things is how a case for him is the pursuit of what we already know but what he doesn’t yet know to the point of making an arrest. Those typical episodes featuring him troubling and hassling and harassing the perpetrator with questions and supposed developments as his pursuit persists and narrows to the inevitable conclusion.
The thing about a relationship with God is that He is like Columbo. (I await your calls for my execution for suggesting something so heretical.) We are the perpetrator and He is in pursuit of us not to condemn us, but actually to liberate us. The story of the Bible is how He has been in pursuit of us ever since we left Him.
His desired outcome is to get us to acknowledge our state and then join Him in pursuit of others who need to realise that their guilt won’t be assuaged by self-esteem classes, or medicated with entertainment and leisure activities. His desire outcome is that we will acknowledge and discover that our life’s pursuit should be Him, His will and His way.
Oh and just one more thing, there is life in abundance to be enjoyed in pursuit of God. That’s something worth considering.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden