These are crazy times we are living in. Never before in our history have we seen anything like what we are currently living through. Sure, we’ve had times of war, some parts of the world have seen martial law, we’ve had rationing, we’ve had quarantines and we’ve had plagues, but we’ve never seen anything like this that has gripped most of the world in fear, caused governments to shut down all business and for people to stay home all the while the media feeds us different narratives of what’s going on. I’ve never seen conspiracy theories not just approved by the masses but also defended by them as well. People are calling this “quarantine”. I’m calling it crazy! And the longer this quarantine lasts, the more theories come out that people are latching onto as facts.
This last week on Facebook, a friend posed a question asking if you would take the red pill or the blue pill. This question comes from the movie Matrix in which the main character was given a choice between a red pill or a blue pill. “The red pill represents an uncertain future—it would free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real world, but living the “truth of reality” is harsher and more difficult. On the other hand, the blue pill represents a beautiful prison—it would lead him back to ignorance, living in confined comfort without want or fear within the simulated reality of the Matrix. As described by Morpheus: “You take the blue pill…the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Neo chooses the red pill and joins the rebellion.”
My answer to this question was neither. I would take the purple pill. My reasoning at the time was that I don’t like being given just two choices. I have six children. Bear with me a moment while I share my thinking. Because I have six children I hear all the time arguments where one child is complaining about something another did. It usually goes something like this. “Mom she hit me.” Me: “Ok what did you do first?” Child: “Nothing.” And then I start the interrogation. I separate the two children and question one at a time. After thoroughly questioning the first child, I call in the second. I usually have to keep stopping the first child from interrupting the second as they always want to correct the other. Eventually, I drag out all of the information I need to put together what I believe truly happened. I then begin my narrative that usually puts the blame on both children for their part in the altercation. When we get to the end I usually get them to the point of agreeing that yes, neither was completely blameless and yes, each of them did things they shouldn’t have. Some days it takes only a few minutes to get to this point and some days it feels like eternity to get them to this point. But what I’ve learned from having six children is that the TRUTH is a tricky thing. You see each child is convinced that what they FEEL happened is ACTUALLY what happened and to them it is their truth. They don’t seem to care about the FACTS. They only seem to care about the things done to them and how it affected them. So we wind up with two very different versions of the “truth”. Now, I’m an analytical person. I think more than I feel and I’m more concerned with the FACTS of a case not their interpretation of those facts. So I must dig down to find what really happened and I know that my version of the truth is still not 100% accurate but it is a more accurate representation than either of the children presented. So we wind up with 3 versions of the truth and somewhere in all of this are actual facts to support what is true. It all boils down to this. When given only two options, two narratives of what to believe then I believe the TRUTH lies somewhere in between the two. I believe both parties do share some facts but not all of the facts and that much is covered up by emotions and agendas.
Back to the red pill vs blue pill question. So my answer was that I chose the purple pill as I want neither person’s version of what they feel is the truth because I believe the actual truth lies somewhere in between the two options. I was told that I, therefore, am a “red pill” because I question things. I can see how the question poser might come to that conclusion still seeing only two options. But I still have to disagree with that analysis.
You see, here’s what I know. I know that there is good and bad in the world. But what I know is the truth, the way and the light. I know that our world was created by a God who gave us a choice and by allowing us that choice, sin entered the world and therefore all of us are capable of the most vilest of actions. But I don’t see their truth. I don’t see the conspiracy theories being facts. I don’t see the government being evil with an agenda to micro chip us all. No, what I see is pawns in a much larger game and a much more deadly game. I know there are evil spirits in the world that can affect what we think, what we feel as well as what we do and that if we aren’t connected to the One who can help us overcome that evil, then any one of us is capable of just about anything.
I also believe that regardless of what is going on, what rights are being violated, etc. that we are still called to be above all of this and to do the one thing Jesus told us was important….to love one another. I’ve read for weeks now friends that I know are good people share posts that make me cringe as the posts are calling certain people evil and even some posts that are calling for someone to be killed because they feel they are dangerous. I am amazed every time I see a mean post shared by someone I care about as I know their heart is not full of hatred yet they share the narrative that is spreading hate. Because they see some “truth” in the article they push the agenda of someone else. I think so many are missing the much larger picture here and they are all taking sides, sometimes entrenching their beliefs into something without possibly knowing all of the facts behind the agenda. Please don’t hear me saying that everyone is ignorant or stupid. I’m not saying that at all. I am saying, that what is going on is so complicated and so devious that no one on this planet fully understands what is going on. It isn’t the right or the left, the liberals or the conservatives or the vaxers or the anti-vaxers the agenda is that Satan came to destroy humanity and he will use everything he can to weave webs of deceit and destruction everywhere he goes. The Bible warns that brother will be turned against brother and I see that happening in social media where people are taking sides and defending their “truth” and sometimes things get ugly.
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
I see this happening on a daily basis. Many of my friends are searching for answers, they are searching for truth, they swallowed the red pill and they are trying to uncover what is really going on and they find perhaps small bits of truth in various conspiracy theories and it takes then down the rabbit hole. But I fear they are going down the wrong hole, that these rabbit holes are nothing more than distractions meant to keep them occupied while our real enemy, Satan, goes about his business destroying humanity.
I find it interesting that during all of this my scripture reading this week included Jesus being betrayed by Judas. I’ve read that story probably a hundred times but this time something stood out to me. In John 13 Jesus is having the last supper with the disciples and Jesus has just told the disciples that someone will betray him. When the disciples asked him about this
“6 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”
When I read these words that I’ve read many, many times I imagine Jesus spoke these words softly or the disciples would have heard what was said and probably done something to Judas. But what I saw when I read this was that Jesus was kind to Judas. He knew Judas was going to betray him but he also knew that Satan entered into him and that Judas was no longer in control. What I see in these passages is that Jesus still loves Judas despite what is about to come. Jesus knew that it was not Judas who carried out the next actions but that it was Satan in Judas that was going to take these next steps.
What I find even more amazing is that it is at this moment right after Jesus knows who is going to betray him that he gives the command for them to love one another. I have to ask why? Did Jesus’ admonishment to love one another include Judas? I think it did. I don’t think Jesus stopped loving Judas because of the path Judas had to take. I don’t think Jesus wanted the disciples to stop loving Judas for what he had to do. Jesus knew that those things had to come to pass and that despite how it looked it was the Lord’s will for Judas to betray Jesus. I don’t think Judas was inherently evil. I think Judas was just the one chosen to be the bringer of destiny. I also wonder if Jesus could have handed that piece of bread to any one of his disciples and that person would now be the Judas.
So I go back to the red pill and the blue pill question and I think that my answer is truly that I choose to take neither pill. I realize that all of the actions or inactions going on in the world today are just merely players on a much larger stage. I choose not to believe anyone’s narrative of what is really going on because I think Satan’s web of deception is woven much more tightly than we can ever imagine or understand and I think that unless someone is fully surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ that any of us could be used by Satan to do his work and to spread hatred to others and I think that Judas proves that even if we are walking closely with Christ, given the right circumstances, Satan can still bring deception to our lives. You see, I think the red pill and the blue pill both have their own agenda. If you go back to the original story of the Matrix where we were introduced to these pills you will see that one pill offers you the ignorant bliss to continue living in the fantasy world and they want you to believe this is the wrong choice and it is as it is a deception that you are living. However, they want you to believe that the red pill is the right choice as it will open your eyes to the truth. But those offering the red pill have their own agenda. They want to bring down the system that allows people to live in blissful ignorance. I think this is equally wrong. They believe their actions are right and just because they would be exposing the truth and bringing everyone into reality. But the truth is, if they are successful in their agenda they are forcing their choice upon everyone else and forcing them to leave behind their blissful world and to live in the harsh reality that is.
I think Shakespeare almost got it right when he said, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players” But I think the truth is all the world’s a game and we are merely pawns. I that we have all been distracted by the current pandemic and that all of the conspiracy theories, finger pointing and exposes are merely designed to detract us from what we should be focusing on during this time and that’s LOVE. In the midst of Jesus being betrayed he told the disciples to love one another.