“We try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody, but you don’t give up.”
The movie Captain America: Civil War was released in theaters in May of 2016. And while it didn’t quite conclude Cap’s story, it’s become one of my favorite movies because of both the amazing plot and thought-provoking themes.
And in 2018, Avengers: Infinity War was released and became one of the highest grossing movies in the world. Now what these two movies have in common is something you might’ve guessed already given the title of the post. War. It has been apart of history since the beginning of time. The world is never at peace among itself, and that doesn’t just mean those out in the battlefield. We’re at war. At war within ourselves, at war with those around us, and sometimes at war with God.
It’s not new to us. All it takes is a look at the headlines on a newspaper or the evening news.
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Romans 8:22 NIV
Caitlin summed this up really well in The True Battlefield. Until Jesus returns, things will just keep getting worse and worse here. Murder, assault, human trafficking, robbery-these are horrible things that are only becoming more and more common. We stay here, fight the battle, be the Light in the darkness. But the more we try to fight, the more exhausted we become. It’s the right fight, but we’re tired of fighting endlessly.
At times, it can begin to feel like we’re fighting a civil war amongst ourselves even when the true enemy is out there doing harm. And that same war feels like it goes on infinitely because every time we think it’s over, it just escalates. Yes, sometimes there’s breaks in the war that allow us time to think and catch our breath, but we’re tired. The battle just never seems to stop. And even if we stay strong in the storm, everyone grows weary after a while.
Like Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War, he was tired of fighting. We’re tired of fighting.
But we know why we fight. We fight this fight because it’s the right thing to do. Not because we want to, but because it’s our duty. We’re supposed to be the light in the darkness. The thing we’ve got to remember is that no amount of darkness can consume the light. It may make it harder to shine brightly, but it can’t cover it up. The only thing that can stop it is when we cover it up ourselves because we quit. Because we don’t want to stand up to the world anymore. We’re tired of being mocked and persecuted for this faith. Especially when sometimes it feels like this perseverance isn’t making an ounce of difference in this world.
Let me tell you something: it does. We might not see it. But it changes everything. And we can persevere, only because that kind of strength doesn’t come from inside us. It comes from who we represent. And friends, we represent one powerful God.
“Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your job to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say ‘No, you move.’
This battle is already won, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. This continues until the end of time, and things will only get worse until then. And though at times, it will feel like we’ve lost, similar to what happened to the heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, we won’t stop. Good always wins over evil.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
This war won’t last forever. And we’ll fight, together. Not a Civil War against each other or wrestling with God. But a united front on a rescue mission for those that are prisoners of sin.
One day, this will all be over. But it’s our job to persevere and fight the good fight until that moment. Our God is stronger than the foes out there, big or small. And He’s bigger than the woes that drag you through the mud some days. He’s won. We just need to hold out until the end.
Then we won’t have to fight, because there will be no more wars and no more sin. This infinite civil war will be over, forever.