(Alliterations are always awesome.)
As I have mentioned before, I make some kind of “out-there” connections. Well, hold on to your hats, ’cause I’m about to do it again. Bear with me. (Rawr.)
One of my most recent fetishes is the Avengers. I have tendency to totally geek out about it. It’s not because it is a popular movie, I promise. I just really like it! It is an awesome story, and there are some good lessons. I’m not going to do what I’ve seen way too many people do and try to turn something Christian. It isn’t, even though Captain America does say “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.” It has plenty of reason to be rated PG-13, but I still think there are some things we can glean from it.
After Loki and Barton break into the gala and steal some iridium, Loki then dons his gold armor and helmet and addresses the frightened crowd, ordering them to kneel.
Loki: Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
Loki is an absolute jerk and an awesome Baddy. He is so easy to hate. But, he says something there that is actually immensely true. We do crave subjugation. There is a reason all civilizations have rulers. We need to be told what to do. The Israelites begged God for a king. But, they didn’t except God as their King. We were created to be subjects of God.
I heard a story on the radio the other day about a man who was on a mission to make a banquet from scratch. As in, grow the corn and shoot the turkey. It took him all year to get everything together, and when the time for a the meal came he invited a group of friends over to share it with him. As they were about to eat, the man looked out over the table and felt the need to stand. He stood there. He was a decided Atheist, he didn’t believe in any god of any kind. And yet, he felt the overwhelming need to thank God. But, he couldn’t thank someone he didn’t believe in, so he sat back down.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
But, then there is the little bit about freedom. This puts me in mind of the first part of James 1:25, where James speaks of “the perfect law, the law of liberty.” God gives us both. We kneel before Him and are subjugated to Him. But, unlike Loki, who would be a tyrant, God gives us freedom. He sets us free from sin and death. He created us and He loves us.
So, in some ways Loki is right, and then, he is so wrong. I love having a good, hateable villain. But he was right. In the end, we will kneel.