Madman in a Box
Okay, so my family is hooked on Dr. Who. My kids found it first on Amazon Prime and said we had to watch it. Now, I was never a fan of Dr. Who back in the 70s. Just never got it, never got into it. But this new version with Matt Smith as The Doctor. Wow. I think I finish every episode exclaiming, “This is the greatest show ever made!”
(For those of you interested, you can get back episodes on Netflix or Amazon Prime and probably other places).
In one episode, “The God Complex,” The Doctor needs to convince his sidekick, Amy, that he’s really not the hero she thinks he is and she shouldn’t put such faith in him. Just because he travels through time in a British police call box doesn’t make him anything special. At one point he makes the comment, “I really am just a madman in a box” and the viewer knows he’s speaking just as much to himself as he is to Amy.
Now, I watch shows like this for entertainment. I enjoy the plotlines, the acting, the suspense and intrigue. I usually don’t expect to get anything of real value out of them, but every now and then I’m pleasantly surprised. This was one of those times.
I really am just a madman in a box. Words for all of us. We’re not as strong as we think we are; we’re not as important as we think we are; we are not as useful as we think we are; and we’re definitely not as in control as we think we are. We’re just madmen in boxes. Limited by our own humanity, corrupted by our own selfish desires. Pretty depressing, huh?
But it’s in the realizing of the truth that we find freedom from that box.
For the child of God, He throws open the box. With God, we are stronger than we think we can be; we are of eternal value and called to do eternity’s work. And though we’re still not in control, we can be okay with that because we serve the One who controls all things.
We don’t have to be madmen in boxes. Freedom is there for the choosing.
Posted on February 28, 2013, in Christian Living, Entertainment and tagged Amazon Prime, Amazon.com, Doctor, Doctor Who, Eleventh Doctor, God Complex, Madman, Matt Smith, Netflix. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.