As movie fans we know that most movies end up being some form of good vs. evil.
There is a good guy and there is a bad guy. There is a protagonist and there is an antagonist.
Sometimes it’s easy.
In Star Wars we know that Luke and his crew are the good guys and that Darth Vader and his crew are the bad guys. We know, or assume, that the good guys will win and the bad guys will lose. We are pleasantly surprised when Vader is redeemed (the bad guy is saved) and balance is brought back to the galaxy.
Good wins. Evil loses. Anakin is redeemed. Palpatine/Darth Sidious is punished.
Sometimes it can be a bit trickier.
In Frozen we know that Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are the protagonists, and are therefore the “good guys.” We also know that Elsa is the antagonist, and therefore the “bad guy.” That is why we are so surprised to find out that Hans, who we thought was a good guy (Prince Charming!), is actually the bad guy!
Good wins. Evil loses. Elsa is redeemed. Hans is punished.
Good vs. Evil. Good vs. Bad.
In both cases the good guys and the bad guys fight it out. Sure, one may be the underdog, but both are basically equally matched.
One may be stronger or have bigger guns, but the other is smarter or more determined.
Good guys vs. bad guys.
Too often, however, we see this play out as God vs. Evil or God vs. the Devil.
We see the battle between good and evil, God and the Devil, presented in the same way that we see good and evil; as somehow being basically even or equally matched.
They are not equal.
We can certainly learn about good vs. evil, even God vs. evil and God vs. the Devil.
We can show our kids that anyone, even Darth Vader, can be saved, can be redeemed.
We can show our kids that not everyone who says they are good are actually good! I’m looking at you Hans.
We can show the importance of sacrifice in the battle between good and evil.
But we must not let our kids think that a fight between God and evil is a fair fight.
We already know that we win!
There is no “fair fight” between God and evil or specifically, God and the Devil. Even a causal reading of the bible will show this to be true.
Here is one clear example.
And he (Pilate) went back into the governor’s residence and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority to release you, and to crucify you?” Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over me at all, unless it was given to you from above.”
John 19:9-11 (NET)
Pilate spoke as if he had authority. But he had no authority. This was not a “man to man” type situation. This was God – Jesus – to man.
Pilate only had authority because God gave him authority.
It was not a fair fight.
It is never a fair fight.
Even in the movies.
So enjoy those good vs. evil movies. Use them to share God’s story with your kids and others.
But when the movie sets up a God vs. evil situation, remember that it is never a fair fight.
So what’s your favorite good vs. evil or good guy vs. bad guy movie?