“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” –G. K. Chesterton
Okay, not another “war” post about fighting, Kristin. Seriously. We get the analogy already.
Sorry, I write from my experiences, and wherever my heart is, I explore (even if the territory has been trampled before).
My husband and I saw Wonder Woman this weekend: as you know, I’m a sucker for a good superhero adventure and even more mushy over strong female leads. Aside from assessing my work-out routine as not nearly sufficient, I realized something else from the movie. Our capabilities are only worth as much as our courage behind them. We may possess more than our share of strength, talent, and insight, but if we don’t share it with anyone–if we are too afraid to leave our comfortable status-quo–we won’t credit much to the world around us (let alone, become heroes).
Granted, Diana (Wonder Woman) is a demi-goddess, but she doesn’t realize that until the end–after she’s already decided to take on Ares, the son of Zeus. (Sorry if you snub Greek mythology: just laying out the story). Anyway, everyone around her tries to dissuade her actions: it’s futile, you are one person, we can’t help everyone, etc. Despite the discouraging situation pressing in all around her, Diana doesn’t cower, but proceeds with tenacious valor.
What she fights for is more important than what she fights against. She fights for humanity, for preservation, for love.
Sometimes I wonder if the battle doesn’t motivate us to participate because we don’t understand what’s at stake. We think that complacent acceptance will “win over” evil and dissuade them from gaining more ground. We’ve bought into the lie that if we keep out of it, we’ll be left alone. Not so. After all, “evil triumphs when good men do nothing” (Edmund Burke) and the Enemy isn’t interested in giving you a hand-up or a free pass. Hiding in a corner won’t keep you from the line of fire. Hanging up your gloves doesn’t mean the Enemy will hang up his.
Even when fear pushes us into a corner, we can fight back with truth and courage, knowing we don’t fight alone.
Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.