Getting a grip on this thing is starting to resemble me juggling jello with both hands tied behind my back. It’s ending up everywhere.
If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve tried to make sense of the believer’s responsibility to live in the Kingdom while being a profitable citizen in one’s nation… or something like that. I’ve used terms like revolution and resistance, but I’m pretty sure I’m a whole lot more confused now than when I began.
Borrowing from Neo, who took the lead from Oobie, I think I’m a lot like Alice. Chased any rabbits lately? You know you want to click the play button.
Thanks for getting me excommunicated Neo; my good friend.
Maybe somewhere in the midst of convictions and heart conditions lies the answer. Somehow those early Americans knew it was right to take a stand. Bonhoeffer knew he couldn’t go along with Hitler’s atrocities.
Maybe it has more to do with the cost than the gain. When Dietrich Bonhoeffer resisted, it cost him his life. He gained nothing personally.
Could we ask a couple more questions that possibly give us some direction as to what is driving a dislike for the path our nation is on? Questions like…
Am I angry because I don’t have as much money as I used to, or because excessive taxation and burdensome environmental policies have cost my next door neighbor his job?
Am I angry because I have to work while my government gives away ridiculous entitlements, or because my children and grandchildren will be the responsible parties who have to contend with this mass of debt?
Am I angry because of the taxes they take from me, or because my government now intends to confiscate my tax dollars and fund the murder of helpless and innocent children?
Look, I would go ask Alice… but contrary to Grace Slick‘s advice, I think the answer won’t be found in a rabbit hole, but in a closer walk with Jesus. A walk that I believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer traveled, but also one that led many to respond in submission. The floor is yours… just look out for the Red Queen and the chess pieces. Oh, and… is Grace asking me to “free my head?”
- Red Queens, White Rabbits, and a Green Machine (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)