I’m warning you now, SPOILER ALERT. No, this isn’t a movie review, and I won’t be talking about the whole film. But the one thing I want to concentrate on kind of gives away the climax of the movie. So if you don’t want the ending spoiled, watch the movie first and then come back to this blog. You have been warned.
With that said, Thor: Ragnarok has been out in theaters for a little over two weeks now–and has been killing it in the box office, especially compared to Justice League . . .
Anyways, except for the elevation of foul language and crude humor, and seeing the backside of a Hulk (never gonna get that image out of my head) it’s a fun movie! and an epic conclusion to the Thor Trilogy!
Additionally, there was one theme within this film that hit home for me. In Thor’s last conversation with his father before his passing, Odin says, “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people.” Therefore, when Asgard the place is destroyed because of the events of Ragnarok, Asgard has not been erased, for her people live. The people are Asgard; they are what matter, being of more importance than one of the many planets in the cosmos.
This lesson, is one that the Church so desperately needs to learn. The Church isn’t a place, isn’t a building, it’s the people–the Body of Christ. For too long we have given buildings more significance than they deserve. For too long we have been, “going to church,” or “doing church,” thinking of “church” as a place instead of a lifestyle. For too long we have made people think that they shouldn’t cuss in a church building, but it’s okay to do so at home. Or that buildings are themselves holy, and you must be worthy in order to enter them.
For too long we have focused on the unimportant, and forgotten what is significant. That the Church is not a place, it’s a people.
The Jews had the same problem, believing that Israel was the Land of Promise, that the Temple was of more significance than them, which led to so many problems. Yet, was it the Temple who Yahweh led out of Exile? No, for though another was built, it is nothing but memory and rubble to this day with a mosque sitting on top of it. Yet, there are those from the lineage of Jacob who still live.
Church, we need to change our thinking and our language that reflects it. As Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them;” therefore, the Church can meet and worship in a building, or under a tree, or even in a McDonalds. The place does not matter. Yes, church buildings provide convenience and beneficial tools that we can utilize; but, when we think of it with higher regard than the poor and hungry, then we have a problem. When we focus on numbers and trying to draw more people in, instead of, ‘Going out into all the world’ (Matthew 28:19-20), then we have a problem. When we focus on trying to convert each other to our dominations, to our trains of thought instead of reaching out to the lost, then we have a problem. When we focus on instruments or acapella instead of on love–then we have a problem.
As AVB once sang,
You can’t go to church as some people say
The common terminology we use every day
You can go to a building, that is something you can do
But you can’t go to church ’cause the church is you
’cause the church is you
The Church is not a place, it’s a people.