Last weekend, I got to see Black Panther with a group of friends–and it was well worth the wait! The story was solid, the sites were stunning, and the action was awesome! I also enjoyed how there was representation with many women and black characters; however, they represented without making the white men look dumb–Agent Ross still had a very important part to play at the end. Nevertheless, my biggest complaint, is that there were no elephants. I mean, we were in Africa, and I didn’t see a glimpse of my favorite animal, which makes this movie a nine out of ten in my book. (The sandy elephant you see in the intro story doesn’t, doesn’t count–it’s not a real elephant.)
Like I said, it was another good movie produced by Marvel. Other than the popcorn and getting to share this experience with a group of good friends, my favorite part of the movie, was the wisdom that King T’Chaka shared with his son, “You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.”
. . . As a king, T’Challa carries a great burden, the responsibility of caring for his people. But I wonder, does this quote hold true, for any good man or good woman?
There are good people. But it’s hard to be good within a world that’s not. It’s challenging, to not get swallowed up by the darkness. It’s difficult, to not go against your conscience when your popularity is at stake. It’s never easy, to sacrifice something precious, to benefit someone else–or to give up something that makes us happy, even if it’s only for a moment of pleasure.
In a broken world tainted by sin, it’s hard to be good. But, it’s not impossible. Yes, it will be challenging, but it’s a battle we can’t afford to forfeit. For every time you give in just a little, you sacrifice a part of yourself.
But even though this world is broken, there is one who has overcome it. A King who is far greater than the good man T’Challa, who loves you so very much. A man, who was willing to experience the brokenness of this life, yet he stayed good, and overcame it with love. A healer, who can make you whole again, no matter how broken you are or how much of you is left. A man, by the name of Jesus.
“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11