The 24 hour news machine never pauses in its hunt for fresh meat, and when there’s no fresh meat, it will eat carrion. When there’s no carrion, it will eat whatever half-digested remains it can regurgitate, and when that’s gone, it will eat excrement.
Whatever it eats, it presents to us in one-hour cycles, so that we can cheer the hero of the day, boo the outrage of the day, and watch as spectators as nations rise and fall.
We are pulled down the myriad rabbit holes of the actions of a few: will our government approach singularity in its ability to suck everything into its orbit; will the Russian Bear emerge from its hibernation and gobble up the undefended prey surrounding its lair; will the world’s only missing Boeing 777 be found intact or at the bottom of of the ocean.
Then there are rabbit holes closer to home: our family, our job, our health. People with severe health issues are usually focused enough to avoid the cable news cycle. Their cycle consists of the latest lab results, or the next procedure, or the next drug to relieve their pain.
We must not forget to emerge from these rabbit holes, because they never end. They just go deeper and deeper.
For the former rabbit hole, the one focused on the world, God has an answer:
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
God is on His throne. He has never left it.
Evidence of this is manifold. In countries where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is illegal, punishable by death, either by the government itself or by groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, people still come to faith in Christ. The Bible speaks of these people, who emerge from the rabbit hole into a marvelous light.
There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
The world is not worthy of such people. God is on His throne. He has never left it. He is preparing a place, a world, for us, with no rabbit holes, only His light and His glory.
We must never forget to come up for air and emerge from our rabbit holes and see the world for what it is, just a temporary dwelling. Failing to find our way out of the rabbit holes results in sin. We go deeper and deeper, darker and darker into the intrigue of this world and its snares. Politics and injustice and outrage infect the mind in a way that drives it away from brotherly love and toward hate. Considering those whose confession barely precedes their own death, we must take a breath and understand the true nature of our battle.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The song that’s sweeping the country for the 5 year old and under set, along with their parents has a theme that we must embrace: “Let It Go”.
I encourage you to do that now. To throw off the day’s events, to allow the reality of this world to propel you out of the rabbit hole, into marvelous light. Let it go. Because from the beginning, and in the end, God is on His throne.
He has never left it.