They aren't bad people. They aren't evil. They are christian in many ways. They have some essential truth, love Jesus and may well be headed for heaven. They are just living in a less than all they could be; like in a Matrix.
The Matrix movie was a out of the box shaking that shook me and many others. I have seen it so many times I can quote freely from it.
In Christianity there are people who like living in the matrix. In fact, if they were to be shown the truth they might not survive. It might even destroy them.
Then what as a spiritual leader are we to do. Let them live in the illusion that things are just fine? That we have enough with three hymns, a her and a ten minute sermon once a week?
What bugs us is that there is so much more. But people have to make a choice. Our responsibility is to be Morpheus for people. We have to offer people the opportunity to hear and experience the truth, unadulterated, raw, alive with all it's pain and joy. If you are there, you know what I am talking about.
We hold out the blue pill and the red pill for them to choose. In a way we say to them as Morpheus did to Neo in the movie the The Matrix:
You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and you 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.Many people don't really want the red pill. They want to take the blue pill and go on in the comfort they have...now. They don't want to disturb their paradigms. They are really saying, don't mess with the Box they have managed to place God in. Unless they take the red pill, choose to go as far as the rabbit hole goes deep, they will live in comfort; a delusion that they have all there is.
We can't force them. We shouldn't. We can just offer. And if they choose the blue pill don't look down on them. They have just chosen to live in the matrix a little longer. It's what they know. It doesn't challenge them at all. It's who they are comfortable being.
But we always have a choice, it's just that when you choose the red pill you enter into an unknown land, an unexplored place, a place full of uncertainty yet full of JOY you want to tell others, particularly those close to you.
It's scary and wonderful all at the same time. You want them to know the joy, but the fear they have keeps them away.
I need a mindset: I won't be offended if you choose the blue pill, its playing it pretty safe. But, if you only knew what power the revelation from the red pill would bring you to, you would look for that pill until you found it.
It's there. It's ready for you. Choose it. Ask someone you know. The fullness of the Spirit of God in the Baptism sent by the Father at Pentecost is available. You live saved and with some spirit now, but there is more, much more, it's on the other side. If you step over you won't come back again. You will have taken the RED PILL...and you will never ever be the same again.
Hat tip to Mike Dulski