There’s no house here anymore. Dad’s gone, too.
Episode 8 of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! continues where seven left off, with Tōka attempting to force Rikka into seeing the visible truth – their father, along with their former house, are gone. The older sister utters the words above as she tearfully pushes Rikka to face reality.
Last week, I joined Alexander in discussing similar scenes in the series for his Ashita no Anime podcast. He sees the show as an atheist allegory. Rikka chooses to believe in something unreal, oblivious to reality. Yūta, meanwhile, has thrown off the shackles of his former ways and now lives according to the truth. Alexander sees the chuunibyou ways of Dark Flame Master and the Wicked Eye as the false trappings of religion, while life without God as reality. Thus, the quote starting this post would take a deeper meaning in light of this idea.
Obviously, I disagree with Alexander’s assessment of religion, but I think his comparisons are dead on.
Rikka isn’t ready to face the truth yet; but eventually, she will be. While she may be a bit immature for her age, perhaps Tōka should forgive Rikka for her strange coping mechanism, since she’s still young.
For those of us who are older, though, we lack excuses for examining our belief. As children, we generally go along with what our parents instill in us, but as adults, we must make decisions on our own.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
– Paul, I Corinthians 13:11
I sometimes hear people say they are Christian because they were born into Christian homes. The Bible makes clear that our heredity doesn’t determine our place with God. We have to sit down and test our faith and see if we really believe what we claim to. Dig into God’s word, pray, practice His ways, and see if Christianity stands up in the fire of examination. Seek guidance from a trusted, faithful friend or pastor as you do so.
As you look into your faith, either you’ll find that you don’t truly believe or you’ll be encouraged and strengthened. Either way, you’ll have moved closer to understanding faith and becoming that (even for a short time) which the world calls an oxymoron – a contemplative Christian.