“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and 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.” Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix
That has to be one of the best lines in film history. It’s universally understood. Everyone has seen The Matrix and all of us would like to believe that given the chance, we’d choose the red pill.
The truth is, we’re offered that choice all the time. The blue pill life of self service and comfort is always there for the taking. The red pill life of self sacrifice, for the sake of Christ and the benefit of others, is often overwhelming. Still, there is something in us that wants to live for something greater than us, even if it’s harder. This tension persists and irritates, “like a splinter in your mind,” to again quote Morpheus.
This past Sunday, we called our church family to choose to be “red pill people.” We talked about the vision to which God is calling us and what it will take to get there. We also went through our vision statement and core values, which are listed below.
Only time will tell if we’ll have the faith to enter God’s promised land for us or whether we’ll end up wandering in the proverbial desert, having succumbed to our problems, obstacles, and fear. Many of us are betting our lives that the Spirit of Christ within us will win out over our human nature, in the end. Thankfully, Jesus said that all that is required of us is a small amount of faith in a really big God. Now that’s doable; difficult at times – but definitely doable.
Our Core Values