Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Time to get away from the warehouse again. Maybe go see a movie, or watch one on DVD. However, what should I watch, and how do I avoid watching films with messianic complexes?
A movie with a messianic complex? Is that even possible? Actually, not only is that possible, it is rather common. Most movies revolve around an impossibly grave situation, and then a hero is introduced, who can seemingly beat the odds, and make things right. Sadly, that is also the underlying theme of many video games and television shows.
Of course there is also the flip side of this. I am not talking about the somebody that wants to be the antichrist, rather I am talking about an anti-messiah, somebody that doesn’t want to be a hero, yet becomes one anyway. In popular culture, Han Solo of Star Wars might fall into this category, as would Ichigo of the anime Bleach.
However, it would behoove any Christian to reject any messiah, or anti-messiah that may arise. Certainly it is all well and good for fiction, but such beings are an affront to the Christian faith. They are all antichrists.
In the second article of the Apostle’s Creed, we read:
Stop. Let’s think about that for a moment. We can easily say that we believe Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God. However, we then turn around and put our faith into something else, anything else, that will fulfill some temporal desire of ours, even if it would violate the commandments of God. Just a little hint, though, that also violates the commandments.
What does this have to do with the Small Catechism? Easy. Plenty. Here is the second article of the Apostle’s Creed:
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
What does this mean?–Answer.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be [wholly] His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
I suspect that I don’t need to explain this. There is only one messiah. That one is Christ Jesus. No politician, musician, or actor can save us. They, just as all other humans, are sinners. They are as much in need of forgiveness of their sins as the rest of us. It doesn’t matter how rich or impressive they might be, they are still a sinner, they can’t save anyone (please tell Trump he needs to read this, he can’t save you either, nor can Clinton).
Movies are all well and good, and should be enjoyed. However, if a movie character has a messiah complex, just remember that he really isn’t, and can never be, the true messiah. Only Christ Jesus is the true messiah.