If you like a movie, chances are it is because of the soundtrack, or so I am told. Would Star Wars ever become a franchise if George Lucas had opted for an elevator music soundtrack? Many of us are not even aware of the soundtrack, yet it does something to us. Whatever background music they have playing at Walmart frees up something deep inside members of my family. They end up having to rush to the bathroom. My broader point though, is that soundtracks, though we are scarcely aware of the them can be freeing, depressing, uplifting, exhilarating or boring. Hence my search for a soundtrack for my brain, something to play in the background that will maximize my performance and success.
It is a struggle I naturally gravitate to a pessimistic, Apocalypse Now type of soundtrack. I need to pile on when hearing another human voice a note of despair or frustration. Engaging in negativity one-up-man-ship is what I do. But isn't that Christianity 101? You know, the "Take up your cross and follow me" stuff? And isn't that just being aware of the situation we find ourselves in?
There are is no shortage of villains today, the obvious ones like Donald Trump. Hardly a day goes by without another blockbuster, edge-of-your-seat reveal by the Jan 6th Commission. Why did America trust someone who looks like an aging blonde Elvis impersonator? And then there is Tamara Lich who has ended back in jail because she can't stop annoying Canada's Dear Leader. Then there is Jordan Peterson, who was so nasty he was banned from Twitter. When Twitter is not known for civility, Peterson must have tweeted something pretty awful. (Note to self, lay off on telling the teenager to make his bed). And then there are less obvious villains too, those hiding in plain sight. For example, hasn't everyone seen the remarkable likenesses between these two images?
Plus, hasn't anyone else out there been struck by how Klaus Schwab is a perfect cross between Emperor Palpatine and Jabba the Hut?
What's happening to the farmers in the Netherlands reminds me of the opening sequence of The Force Awakens, where storm troopers bring civilization to a small dust farming community in an out-of-the-way planet, Jakku. Sadly, there are always some people who resist progress.
All of can make you despair, especially if you have the time and inclination to connect to all the worst news on the planet, 24-7. Even the Christ, when on earth gave His disciples a litany of things to be scared of, "Beware of men for they will deliver you up to councils and flog you in their synagogues,...Brother will deliver brother to death" and more besides. But just before He leaves them, He signs off with "Fear not, I have conquered the world." So basically we have both God's assurance that if we follow Him, bad things are going to happen but at the same time, don't be afraid. There is the same idea in Genesis 3:15 where God promises that the seed of the woman will crush the serpent's head, but the snake is going to bite the heel. So what is the background music for the life of a Christian?
Maybe a handclapping "He's got the whole world in His hands" or something more martial like "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." I am hoping that The Rise of Nothing saga will find the right background melody, something similar to a rollercoaster, where you're afraid but not afraid at the same time.
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