I wrote this last night, and while I was writing it I was drawing near the end of re-watching the firstthree seasons of House of Cards. I wanted to re-watch the series before season 4 came out last week, but I didn’t make it in time. I’m excited about season 4 because while this show is wonderful, the last season was the worst thus far. Usually, after a show has a lackluster season, the following one either fails even harder, or it is awesome. I’m hoping for the latter.
This show is very entertaining, especially because I love Kevin Spacey, but it is also terrible. I don’t mean that it’s badly written or anything, I mean that it’s terrible. It is filled with terrible characters who do terrible things. Even the lead character is a murderer. Sorry if that’s a spoiler for you, but this show has more than enough twists to make up for it.
The basic premise of the show is to see if they can bring out the worst in people. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, House of Cards is a Netflix political drama that came out a few years ago. Over and over again the characters backstab each other, lie, sell each other out, cheat, kill and bribe their way into power and money.
It’s basically all of the worst things that everyone assumes to be true about all politicians.
Politicians do exist on a sliding scale of fame, and yet most Americans have a very low opinion of politicians in general. This year’s election cycle is the best illustration of this growing reality. Political party establishment candidates are facing unprecedented challenges from non-establishment candidates.
And yet it is entertaining.
The nastier a presidential debate gets, the higher the ratings. The more scandalous a television show gets, the higher the ratings. We even have a show now called Scandal. There is something about watching the chaos that we humans enjoy. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting anywhere near a high horse, for I also love these shows and a part of me enjoys watching the chaos. It’s a part of me that I hate, but it’s a part of me nonetheless.
I often wonder what it is about humanity that drives this chaos. Why a show or a political contest or Black Friday shopping can devolve into madness and we flock to watch.
We live in a world of chaos. Pain and love and tragedy are a part of most of our daily lives. I believe that we all hope that the church will bring out the best in each of us, and quite often it does, however sometimes even the church can bring out the worst in us. There seems to be no place where we are safe from whatever it is that causes the chaos, but even though we face it everywhere, the Holy Spirit brings calm in the midst of it all.
John 16 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Even Christ tells us that we will encounter trouble in the world, but we can find peace in the belief that Christ has overcome the world.
None of us can overcome the chaos of this world alone. We all try to manage it, and we all usually do a pretty good job of it most of the time. But we all fall short, and we are all blinded at times. As one of my favorite authors, Lewis Carroll wrote, “We’re all mad here.”
The only way we can truly overcome the madness of this world is to seek the peace found in the only one who doesn’t fight the chaos, but rather is able to transcend it all.
I still hope that season 4 of House of Cards is good, but either way it can’t give me the peace that we all seek. And so I continue to seek the things above, and I hope you also find refuge in the peace of our Lord.
Have a wonderful week my friends!