Sunday, April 6, 2008

Power of Imagination - The Battle of Good and Evil

I just watched the third movie in the Lord of Rings trilogy as it appeared on cable television. I own the trilogy and really enjoy it but I haven't seen it in a while. One of the things I enjoy is that I am reminded of the power of the imagination - particularly when imagining the great struggle of good and evil.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) states:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
As true as it is, this truth sometimes gets drowned out in the monotony of day-to-day life. Going to work, buying groceries - it's all so uneventful. But movies, songs, writings make dream worlds almost tangible. They transport us to new places in our minds. The imagery of written words can become palpable through movies designed in imaginations of the producers. There's something very powerful about seeing it!

While viewing this particular movie I find that I can't help but think about the ongoing battle with sin in this world. Sin that cannot be seen by the eyes sometimes lacks ugliness, but viewing the reality of what sin is through imagery is compelling. The truth is that sin is on orders of magnitude more destructive than the epic T.V. battles that can be created. Sometimes reality just can't be seen with the naked eye.

For us, we look forward to the day when Christ will return and destroy forever the power of the "spiritual forces of evil" that Paul speaks of in Ephesians. We battle with those forces every day, with an enemy that comes to destroy us. We take heart, however, because God himself states that "the battle is the Lord's" and the war is already won.

Sin is ugly. For us as Christians, however, it is merely reason to fight more fervently.

Do you know someone overcome with sin? Your co-worker? Your family member? Yourself? There's no need to be captive to sin: Jesus has overcome the world and we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.

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