Sometimes the news gets the better of me either because it is shockingly bad, relentlessly tedious are downright absurd.
If ever there was a news cycle that would lead you to covert to nihilism and start whispering ‘everything is absurd’ then the past 24 hours might just do it:
- A boy walks from his bedroom to show his mum a bullet after yet another Sydney drive-by shooting.
- Soldiers urinate on dead Taliban fighters and say, ‘have a nice day buddy’.
- News readers sound thankful that an Australian man only received 75 lashes while wearing a leather jacket
- Mexican transplant staff drop a heart on the tarmac while rushing for the benefit of cameras.
This is the tip of the iceberg. I’m not even mentioning my own strange behaviour, or yours.
It reminds me that when looking for an explanation of a world where there can be so much that is beautiful, profound and wise and so much that is absurd, evil and tedious – all at the same time – the ancient texts of the Bible answer the call.
God created a good world and made human kind in his image which includes love, truth and choice. Humanity falls from the place and introduces chaos, absurdity and evil. The goodness and image of God still tarry in a world steadily succumbing to fallenness.
The dividing line for it all is a perfect life surrendered to the imperfection in all its manifest extremes. Take a hold of this life and you find a way out of the absurd.
That’s the simplistic version, but still the best…
And the moral (s) of the current news cycle – don’t rush when holding someone’s heart, keep your head down in Sydney’s suburbs, always love your enemies and never take off your leather jacket…