I wonder if we watch the news, and have it available 24 hours a day, because we have lost the plot, and we don’t quite know where to find it. And the news seems like a good place to look.
Have I lost the plot? What do I mean?
Well, modern western society, generally here in Europe, doesn’t officially accept the Bible as the book that tells our story. It is a bit embarrassed about its Christian past, but doesn’t have anything else. The overthrow of religion by reason sounds good, but it refuses to ask the ‘why?’ question, saying there can’t be an answer.
In other words, there is no ‘meta-narrative,’ – no story, no plot. That is being post-modern.
So we look to the opinion writers in our broadsheets and tabloids, who we hope will reassure us that all is well, if only this or that were done, or the people who are to blame for it all could be dealt with.
In John 5 Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda, but the reaction of the in-crowd is to chatter about the fact that it was done on the Sabbath, so it can’t be ‘right.’ This is followed by a long face-to-face debate, where everything Jesus said is poo-pooed. ‘But you are not willing to come to me that you might have life,’ he says, to them, but mainly just commenting on what is going on right before him.
‘Why don’t you come to me,’ says Jesus, ‘I am the one who puts you into the plot.’
And that is the whole and only answer to Why.
Simples. Try it.