Last night John and I watched the movie Lone Survivor. I'm not sure I can in good conscience reccomend the movie. It's quite brutal.... the gore of war... the LANGUAGE of soldiers... most of all the TERROR that one day that could be MY military-loving boy doing that. It was pretty intense! I feel like my ears need to be washed out with soap after all those cuss words, and I stopped the movie at one point to BEG my child NOT to choose that path. However, that SECULAR, brutal movie had a message for my soul.
I'm pretty sure these aren't going to be spoilers. Heck, the title of the movie pretty much tells the end, right?...even if you never heard the story of this group of Navy SEALs... But just in case, I'm warning you... this blog will give away parts of the movie.
The mission of this group of SEALs is compromised, and they have a choice before them. Basically they can choose to do the morally right thing which will be HARD, or they can save their own butts and save their mission by doing the wrong thing. Their leader chooses the moral high ground with DISASTROUS results. And here's where my sermon began. Sometimes doing the right thing has UNPLEASANT results. Sometimes the moral high ground is rocky and FULL of Taliban soldiers with RPGs. BUT just because you suffer HORRIBLY doesn't make the moral high ground a wrong choice. Right is ALWAYS right, even when it's hard. Sometimes doing the right thing just makes the enemy RAGE against you even harder. But it is ALWAYS good to choose what is RIGHT and even if you lose for choosing it, if you honor God by choosing right you will win in the end.
At one point in the movie all four of these SEALs are wounded. They have tumbled down not one, but TWO rocky mountain sides. They've been shot. One guy was shot in the BACK OF THE HEAD. Another guy had all the fingers on one hand shot off. BUT. THEY. STILL. KEEP. GOING. They NEVER quit. They're trying to reach flat ground so they can more easily fight the enemy. They get separated from one guy, and the Taliban catches him. These men... battered, bruised, shot, exhausted.... do you know what they do? They don't turn tail and run. They don't write their guy off and save themselves. They TURN AROUND and start pushing back UP THE HILL to save their guy. AMAZING! INCREDIBLE! This goes WAY beyond being a hero. But yet isn't this what Christ is calling us to EVERY day. Lay down our lives to show Jesus to a dying world in the hopes that we might save just ONE man.
The movie was superbly meaningful to me. I wept. I learned. I was inspired. And I just want to say, "Lord, I will keep choosing right. No matter how wrong this world thinks I am. I will NEVER stop doing what You are calling me to. No matter how hard Satan rages against me. I will persevere!"
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.