Don’t get me wrong – I love an unprecedented underdog sporting triumph as much as the next man… I just wish Leicester had a different mascot.
Foxes are used symbolically through the scriptures in an entirely negative way. Wily, cunning, destructive forces that cause problems for the vineyards, and death threats for the Christ.
Jesus picks up the fox metaphor, adds power to it, and throws it insultingly at Herod… moments before talking about himself being like a hen (Luke 13:31-35). He could see where this was going.
Scripture and experience both testify that there are at times annoying, destructive, even treacherous agents at work around the edges of our lives, and sometimes wild and hungry devourers find themselves in seats of power in front of us. These forces seek to undermine blossoming love, and the care of Christ for us.
So sure, celebrate Claudio’s cast offs’ incredible victory. But remember that in life, when it comes to foxes: there’s nothing fantastic about them – it’s catch or be caught.
“Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
Song of Solomon 2:15