Chandler picked out a restaurant and a movie for us to celebrate my birthday last night, and it was an awesome time. After a dinner of spicy chicken wings (his choice) we went and saw the new Captain America: Civil War movie. This is the second superhero movie where good fighting evil has given way to good fighting good. (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice being the other.) Apparently we are growing tired of superheroes fighting evil and want to see them fight each other for a change.
Even though the Captain America movie has been out for a much shorter period of time, it has already surpassed the Batman/Superman movie in sales and critics are saying its brighter and funnier tone is translating better with audiences than the Batman/Superman movie which was darker and more serious.
It was indeed funny, and I enjoyed that the most about it, since it seemed to me the reason for them to be against each other wasn’t developed enough to be worth all this anger — kind of like sibling rivalry. It made the dialogue and the humor somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and you knew that everyone was going to get pretty bashed up by the end, but certainly no one was going to die, and most likely no one would win either. It was mostly a colossal waste of time and energy that would have been better spent getting the real bad guy.
Both the evil and the good doers were motivated by avenging the deaths of their mothers (Was this a Mother’s Day movie?) which underlined for me how, in almost every case, these action packed films seem to be driven by revenge. Not the best of motivations since God has made it clear that vengeance is His department and He will make sure that all accounts are settled in the end, making our attempts unnecessary.
This giving over of the responsibility of repaying evil is something we need to take seriously on a personal level, since on a larger scale, with perhaps the exception of the forgiveness and amnesty granted in South Africa to end Apartheid, this rarely happens. Retribution almost always wins the day. All the more necessary for us as representatives of the Gospel of Welcome and Grace turned Outward to not stack up wrongs in our minds against anyone, but be quick to forgive and quick to mercy. Slow to anger; quick to forgive. We will rarely see this in Hollywood which should make our lives and actions stand out.
[Love] keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
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