“I have given them Your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” John 17:14
When Morpheus offers Neo the choice of two pills in The Matrix he explains that the blue pill will put him back in his bed and back under the deception the world lives under. The red pill will give him the truth and a life of discomfort because he will see “how deep the rabbit hole is in Wonderland.” Neo said earlier that he sensed deep within himself that something was wrong with the world, but the reality of how bad it is will be shocking to him.
When John says that “…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one,” (1John 5:19) he is only expounding on the worldview of Jesus. There is something deeply wrong in the world around us beyond what the eyes can see. The spirit of the world, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life,” (1John 2:15) is being breathed on by spiritual darkness that is in opposition to God and His rule. Human beings have been born into this conflict and every one of us has to choose each day whether we will pretend all is well, or to embrace the truth. If Neo chooses the blue pill, Morpheus tells him he will find himself back in the comfort of his bed and then he can “believe whatever he wants to believe.” A lot of that is going on today, even in Christian circles.
It becomes us to embrace the worldview of Jesus so that we will live wisely in this present age, and be a light to those in darkness. The only way those under the world’s spirit will be able to see Jesus is if we look different than them yet continue to love them. This is the challenge in a world at spiritual war.