2 Weeks from today (04/22) Captain America: Civil War opens! Here are your Spoiler Free Talking Points to Help You Share God’s Story!
My youngest son and I had the privilege of seeing Captain America: Civil War.
It. Is. AWESOME! It *may* be my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie so far!
If you haven’t’ already, go check out our definitive Captain America: Civil War binge watching guide. This will get you caught up on what you should see (again) before you see Captain America: Civil War.
While I try to be spoiler free, there may be some inference/contextual spoilers. I *think* nothing more than what is in the trailers, but if you are concerned about spoilers, you may want to turn back now.
Divided We Fall
“Divided we fall” is played up in both the trailers and in this official Civil War movie poster. And for good reason.
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. If a house is divided against itself,that house will not be able to stand. (Mark 3:24-25)
In this passage Jesus is addressing those who claim that He casts our demons because He is of the devil. Jesus’ response is that a kingdom or a house divided against itself will not stand.
We get to see this idea play out in Civil War. Will Cap and Iron Man stand united? Or will they fall divided? What does that mean for The Avengers? Will the Avengers stand or fall?
As with most team super hero movies (the Avengers, Fantastic Four, the Incredibles, the X-Man) we get to see how the Church should use our spiritual gifts.
As Christians we all have spiritual gifts. We just don’t all have the *same* spiritual gifts.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (I Corinthians 12:4-6)
This is just like Civil War, each hero has their own gift, their own power. When used properly, they are used for the common good.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (I Corinthians 12:7)
This is how the Church and Christians should act. We should all use our individual gifts in community. Not just in and for our local church, but also in and for the global Church. We should all be moving towards a common good, and not simply our own good.
Sacrifice and Atonement
Sometimes we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But you don’t give up. (Captain America)
I don’t know your theological background, but this could lead to some very interesting discussion.
It reminds me of II Peter and how God “does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)
I know there is more to it than just this verse, but does everyone come to repentance? Don’t some people perish? Don’t some people reject God?
We want to see everyone saved. We want to see all of or family and friends saved. We want everyone saved, but often we know that not everyone is saved.
Not Perfect, Just Forgiven
I know we’re not perfect. But the safest hands are still our own. (Captain America)
This line totally reminded me of the whole “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven” bumper sticker.
We feel that tension too, right? We want our heroes to be perfect. We want the good guys to be completely good.
The same rings true for the Church. We want our local Church to be perfect. We want the global Church to be perfect. We want our Church leaders – pastors, preachers, elders, teachers, etc. – to be perfect.
But we know they are not. And the world knows that they are not. And sometimes we get called out on it.
But we know, like Cap, that “the safest hands are still our own.” We are still the Body of Christ. We still have a purpose. We still have a plan.
Yeah, we are not perfect. But we don’t need to be.
There is so much more, but I don’t wan to cross the line into spoiler territory. I will do another Sharing God’s Story with Captain America: Civil War after its been out a while.
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Simon L Smith