“The Edge”

Posted on September 15, 2016 ยท Posted in Uncategorized

I have a confession to make.

I get on these kicks and I’ll binge watch a show I like. And when I say “binge watch”, what I mean is I will sit down and watch the series in its entirety practically in a single sitting.

My most recent kick is The A-Team. I’ve always enjoyed the good guy vs bad guy adventures, the creative ways the protagonists deal with situations, and the chemistry of the team. I especially enjoy Murdock’s character. I’ve even toyed with the idea of writing a fan-fiction novel and sending it to Dwight Schultz just for fun!

As with anything I watch, I try to look for life lessons. Going through the series this time, I realized the lesson I need to learn is to not fear, and specifically, to not fear death. In one of the earliest episodes, the team explains to another character that they’ve all accepted [their own] death as part of their lives. It’s what gives them “the edge”.

I’ve turned that over in my brain a few times, and I realized there’s a lot to that concept, especially as a Christian. Am I right? Because as followers of Christ, we of all people ought not fear anything (“In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalms 56:4 and “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalms 118:6) Death is merely a transitional point of our journey home. There is nothing to fear there, right?

So, back to the A-Team, if somebody pulls a gun on me and threatens to pull the trigger…well there’s no real threat there, is there? They’re just punching me a one-way ticket home.

I’m beginning to realize just how much of my life is spent, unnecessarily, in fear and pursuit of the unimportant.

There are a couple of episodes which deal specifically with the A-Team’s time in Vietnam during the war which has peaked my interest in that event. What little I’ve read so far (which was sparsely covered in my high school history class by the way) has shown me that that war was far more catastrophic than I ever knew, and it hurts my heart that those who went overseas to protect this country and ours were so pitifully recognized upon their return – those who did return. I cannot begin to understand what it is they’ve gone through; the death, destruction, betrayal.

But again, this got me thinking. War is real.

Now I understand that’s a pretty obvious statement, but somehow I don’t think it really hits home unless you’ve been in one. When Jesus and the 12 walked the face of the earth it was during the Roman occupation. That was as real as Vietnam. The stories of self-sacrifice in the bible sit safely on the pages of a book. I think we don’t often comprehend the magnitude of these events. It’s so far removed from any experience most of us have ever had.

If we move from that point into the discussion of Spiritual warfare, then we’re really batting at shadows. How can we fathom the intangible warring if we’ve never experienced tangible warfare. I have to wonder if, at least in part, this isn’t why God’s people tend to grow stronger in the midst of persecution rather than backing down in fear.

War is real. Death is real. God is bigger.

Here’s to continuing the journey…and a big thank you to those who have lead the way.

 

*I snagged this image from the following website: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~brot20s/classweb/worldpolitics/p3.html