Anyone who has seen the movie The Matrix knows that reality is a complex idea. In one sense, we are always living in a reality that we have created for ourselves (the blue pill). This reality allows us to believe what we want to believe, and allows us to consciously check out of the world and out of our own lives. This reality is fabricated by our own imagination. We are blind and ignorant to what is, but as some people might say, “Ignorance is bliss.” In another sense, we are connected to reality as it is (the red pill). In these moments, not only are we connected to that pain that we see around us, but we understand how much everything and everyone belong. This reality is a conscious awareness of God, the world, and ourselves. The red pill, as it is in The Matrix, allows us to experience this reality and be set free from the illusory reality that we once lived in. When we become conscious of reality as it is, we can begin to utter the words of Joshua, “Surely the LORD was in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16).
“Fundamentalist” Christians are great at making people very frustrated. (Although, we might be able to learn from how serious they take the Gospel, even if we might disagree on what that Gospel is.). They make a living out of pointing out how sinful, dysfunctional, and “wrong” other Christians and the world can be. They have made a habit of doing something that they feel is out “love” and abusing others in the process. They live in a blue pill world, where abusing others feels like “love.” They often use this passage from Jesus in Matthew 18:
15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
The problem with “fundamentalists” is that they are telling themselves a story about themselves. The story they tell themselves is the illusion that “because the Bible says it, I am right, they’re wrong. I am good, they’re bad. And, I must defend the truth” When we submit to the reality of the red pill, we’re choosing to submit to reality as it is with God (seen in Jesus Christ), and we must ask ourselves the cliché question, “What would Jesus do?” Well, the last time I checked, Jesus treated tax collectors and pagans very well. He invited them into his ministry, he took them out to eat (which is a sign of friendship), he healed them, and he treated them with kindness and compassion. It doesn’t mean that we can’t speak into each others’ lives (if we have permission), but it must be done in a way that replicates the same notion of compassion, peace, tenderness, and love that we see in Jesus. Unless we learn to escape from the story we tell ourselves about ourselves, we will never escape the abuse of being “defenders of the truth.”
(While this blog may not pertain to all Christians, every person will have engaged in at least one of the topics that follow)