“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair” Charles Dickens.
Growing up, we all had to deal with being socially awkward. We called it the in- between (tween) or teen years. Some of us were more socially adept than others (likely due to intentional parenting) and learned quickly, but there were the odd balls who, either through neglect or having odd parents themselves, had to wade through the real world to become socially “normalised” the hard way. Many came through the other end relatively unscathed and better adults as a result.
Today however, those odd balls are moved from one school to another due to “bullying”. Mollycoddled, medicated and labeled as autists, they are not being taught how to deal with conflict or adjust their behavior in order to get through an important stage of life which strengthens and builds up character. Consequently, we have lost a generation of potentially free-thinking adults to pharmaceutical companies and lazy psycho-babblers hell-bent on robbing individuals of true agency, rendering them impotent. Many may never find freedom from their micro-plastic, rootless lives to attain higher living or the great purpose for their existence. Yet there is hope in Christ.
Freedom in Christ
Contrary to Nietzsche’s analysis, God is not dead. God in Christ was not a weak-willed “yes man” who preached a passive gospel. Just because a man is gentle does not make him weak. Just because a man refuses the power and wealth of this world does not make him passive. His strength was in His endurance, His love in His dying, His power in His resurrection and His justice will be in His returning.
The Übermenschen Nietzsche speaks of IS the Christian living authentically in Christ. It is pushing through the uncomfortableness, the struggle and often the pain of being different, odd or peculiar. Standing strong through it, we build up those back bones in Christ, knowing we will have our rewards, not only eternally but also in the present life.
Life is richer, fuller, deeper and more meaningful when we embrace conflict. The Christian does not shy away from challenges. As a consequence, commitments are long-lasting, more satisfying. We can smile and thrive through hardships, knowing their worth. There’s not a trail of broken relationships, burnt bridges and string of shallow friendships when we act as people with agency.
Christ set the example for us. He wasn’t fickle, tossed by every wind of doctrine or moved by His feelings. He was hyper-fixated on His assured victory, allowing nothing get in the way. His foundation sure, He knew to whom He belonged. He knew who He was and where He was going. Some might even say he was on the autism spectrum.
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
I Peter 5:10-11 NKJV