Season two of “The Man in the High Castle” finally aired this week on Amazon Prime Video! It seems like an eternity since we were left with a cliffhanger at the end of season one. “The Man in the High Castle” depicts a dark dystopian society, set in 1962, in which the former United States is under totalitarian rule of the axis powers of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. The alternate history story line, where Europe and the United States has fallen to the axis powers in World War II, is imagined by novelist, Philip K. Dick. While it is intriguing think about what would be different in such an alternate reality, it is frightening to imagine a world where the evil deeds of a Fascist society were able to advance unchecked. I won’t spoil the story for you by revealing too much. You’ll have to watch it for yourself.
Try to imagine an alternate history where Jesus was not able to conquer sin and death. What would our world be like today? Would there be a United States of America? Would there be any hope? Would we even exist? Certainly, it would be a world without hope, without purpose and without a future. This would be the result of such an alternate history for humankind. God was able to actually see such a scenario for a world absent of his involvement. Fortunately, God loved us enough to intervene. He sent his son into the world to wipe away sin and abolish death. He gives us hope, a purpose and a future. We are reminded by the words of the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
While there are certain things that may seem quite unsettling about our future in this messy world, we can still be assured that God is ultimately in control of the universe, and that He is madly in love with all of its inhabitants, not just the ones that we select. It is our job to love one another and to love Him back.