The book series turned movie series by JRR Tolkien has its next cinematic offering this week. The Desolation of Smaug will without doubt have droves of fans coming out to enjoy Tolkien's imaginative depiction of the battle between good and evil as well as the journey of the main characters and their personal inner battles between self (their flesh) and centering their lives around Someone or Something greater than themselves. Some, myself included, would call this someone God and the something being God's purpose for their lives. Knowing of Tolkien's personal Christian faith it would be fair to say this interpretation is reasonably accurate to his intent in creating this fantastic story as well.
Many of us are like the Hobbits of the Shire, comfortable and not very interested in the world beyond our own front door. The problem is, evil is always seeking to expand its reach and dominion. It is coming to and is in the Shire that is our comfortable world. Proverbs 27:20 says death and destruction are never satisfied, and so our culture continues to decline. From the politicians who have spent our children and grandchildren into economic slavery to the relational dysfunction that scars and even murders our fellow man and everything in between, evil is always seeking to advance. How is this slowed, stopped and even reversed?
The star of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, did not want to get involved. He had a wonderfully comfortable life. But that all changed when he saw a need, greater than himself, and chose to join the journey and enter the fray. In our own ways, we need to consider leaving our comfort and joining the journey God has for us and enter the fray. To resist evil where it arises and be salt and light in a world that needs hope. Jesus Christ entered the fray about 2000 years ago, in obedience to His Father, and I am glad He did. Will you join in His victory over sin and death, will you step into the journey, will you enter the cosmic fray?