Hello, my name is Adam, and I’m a black pill-aholic.
I have had to take the first step and admit that I’ve been addicted to bad news for…who knows how long. It started when I was a child and gravitated towards books in the children’s section of the library that dealt with natural disasters. As a teen I read about wars and apocalyptic conflagrations. As an adult I took many red pills and dove head-first into the rabbit holes of corporate medicine, civil rights, tax law, international relations, gender, sexuality, race, the JQ, and more.
For years I saw losing as my lot in life. I thought the odds were always against me. I thought the house always won on every roll of the dice.
But I was wrong.
In the Word of God I read that though the world is a fallen place full of evil and intrigue, there’s still a sovereign God who is actively involved in everything going on here. He is not an absent landowner. He is a loving, holy, just God who knows every minute detail about the number of hairs on my head to when one of the millions of sparrows on this planet dies. He prizes the lives of his faithful. He will reward every act of evil and every act of mercy when He judges us all in the next life.
He is a God who is redeeming many millions of us fallen human beings. He is actively governing the affairs of individuals, families, communities, industries, nations, and indeed all of the created order.
Therefore, how can I walk around afraid? How can I walk around defeated? How can I pretend that evil men are in charge of this life, when the Word of God clearly and repeatedly tells me otherwise?
To quote David in Psalm 27, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
I have therefore admitted that I was helpless to overcome my addiction to losing, fear, self-doubt and self-destruction — and that I need God and His Word to light my path every moment of every day.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…Depart from me, ye evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalm 119:105, 115)
Now that I am daily walking with God confident in His sovereignty, His goodness, and His favor towards me and all His elect, the media’s gaslighting seems silly, trite, and even stupid. Especially when I consider how since the beginning of the Trump phenomenon they’ve tried to get his loyal followers to turn away from him, the recent spate of black-pilling has fallen on at least two deaf ears: mine.
The Beatles once sang, “You say you want a revolution…” and the Left surely does want a revolution in Syria. I am an American, and the internal affairs of Middle Eastern nations matter little to me unless they start to affect my people. Whether Syria is Islamic or secular is not a question worth shedding American blood and increasing America’s debt. Will President Donald Trump go to war in Syria during the first 100 days of his anti-Bush, anti-neocon, populist administration? While nothing is ever certain in life, I seriously doubt that Trump will go the way of his predecessors and embroil us in a pointless Middle Eastern war.
I understand why some may be seriously triggered by recent events.
First, Trump announces that his administration is not interested in replacing Assad, which was great news for all of us who love peace and oppose Islamist terror. Then there’s an alleged chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians by the Assad government, which the leftist media has played up like it was the next Lusitania, Gulf of Tonkin, or Kuwaiti babies thrown out of incubators by Saddam Hussein’s soldiers. In other words, it has the distinct sound of a false flag operation designed to sucker America into another needless globalist war. I won’t state it as a certainty, but I certainly must consider it as a possibility. Then, just days after his announcement regarding Syria, Trump said the civilian casualties have led him to change his mind. Simultaneous with all of this, Trump’s alter ego Stephen Bannon gets replaced on the National Security Council by neocons like former Texas governor and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry…and it seems like it’s raining black pills.
As I said at the outset, I’m a black pill-aholic. On my own, I was helpless to resist the urge to embrace defeat and isolation. But with the truth of God’s Word lighting my path before me, I will look at these current events through the lens of the following truths: God is in charge of the affairs of men; God is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ amidst the media’s lies and the wars abroad; God hears our prayers for the salvation and sanity of our people; God is with us and God is for us; God is working all things for His glory.
That doesn’t mean that physical training, stocking up on essentials, learning survival skills, and carefully investing or divesting funds isn’t appropriate behavior. On the contrary, all of these and related practical actions are signs of godly wisdom and caution. Jesus told us to be wise with our money and to flee persecution. Faithfulness is not manifested by foolishness.
Whether you prep or not, trust Trump or not, invest in the stock market or not, the scriptural counsel is clear and applicable to all Christians across the spectrum: trust God, have hope, bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit such as love, peace, and joy, and continue to go forth and spread the Good News in a fallen world full of black pill-aholics.