Sunday, November 27, 2011

Clarity and Leadership

The extended version of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is on television.  It goes on and on and on......

I read the books many years ago while in college.  I have read them several times since.  The movies are good, but the first releases left out many good scenes that were in the books.  The extended version restores many of those scenes and added some that were not in the books but are Jackson's interpretation.  I only wish it wasn't so long.  I suppose I have been touched by the instant gratification bug of this generation.

The movies are a visual masterpiece and do justice to Tolkien's works.  His fertile mind provided us with an amazing saga of good and evil that held true to the values of his Christian awakening. 

Although many have drawn parallels between the highly popular Harry Potter series and this master work, there is truly no comparison.  The Potter tales draw no clear delineation between that which is right and good and that which is evil.  Some would say they are a better reflection of society as we know it.  I agree.  This world is permeated with evil and even those who would claim moral superiority are tainted with it.  Our sense of clarity in regard to the two is clouded by the atmosphere of deceit promulgated by the Great Deceiver.  The distinction between black and white is as sharp as ever; our perception of them has changed.  We instead see shades of gray where there should be none.

We need men of courage to step forward and combat the evil which confronts us.  Instead, we choose from among those who would lead by selecting the one we feel would do the least harm.  It may seem a bit corny, but we need a Frodo, or better yet, an Aragorn.  With a shave and trim of his hair he could even meet that seeming requisite for a successful candidacy.

Just my thoughts.....



jbboren said...

I used to hold a low view of Harry Potter as well, but I've changed my mind as the series has progressed.

You might want to take a look at this analysis from Jerram Barrs at Covenant Seminary. Let me know what you think.

Willy said...

My fear is that they would find themselves leveraged by political correctness and would end up looking like the rest. It seems that this happens often to those that we elect to office believing that they are the "right one" only finding that most bow to the pressure and begin to look like the rest.

What is the answer?

Chris McClure aka Panhandle Poet said...

Willy, there is only one answer. Jesus. It is our responsibility to share our faith. Sadly, only some will hear and even fewer will accept. Until His return, we must realize that it is war -- Spiritual war -- and it is up to us to shed as much light upon it as we can.

Chris McClure aka Panhandle Poet said...

J.B., as a literary work, the Potter series has much to offer. I don't see it as a reflection of the Christian worldview though. I will take a look at the video though and let you know what I think.