In the movie, “The Matrix,” our hero, Neo, discovers that the life he knew, the experiences he had, his entire life had been only an illusion. It felt as if it had all been a real-life but when he was awakened, he saw the truth.
In this dream world, Neo had goals and ambitions. He had a job and friends and wasn’t aware of the true world. Now, he wanted to know the truth and, when he did, it meant he had to let go of his past allegiances to live in the real.
Most people were content living in this matrix. They too could have come to know the truth but they wanted to live the lie. They loved the illusion, wanted it, and didn’t want to even know that there was something more.
“You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”
We know the more. We chose the truth. We believe in Christ and His Kingdom. Yet, we are often like Neo had been, enticed into focusing on this world, what it has to offer and the daily to-do list it generates.
Moving through our day, we know that this is not where we belong. Yet, this reality demands our energy and focus. As we work, play, raise families and fight over politics the reality of heaven and of Christ can fade and move to the back of our minds. When the matrix becomes dominant, we can lose our way.
“We all well know that the reason that most of us are here is because of our… affinity for disobedience.”
We are warned not to love the world and the things in it. We are told that the world system is an enemy of God. But, there IS so much we still love about this world.
“I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.”
If we love this temporary world more than the coming one the Lord is preparing for us, then we have placed our heart’s desire in the wrong place. Ignorance might feel blissful right now but it is future death.