In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, we see a team at first divided by evil, selfishness and hatred finally come together and grow in love – just as the Church should.
From Him The Whole Body Grows
In Marvel Studios’s breakout hit Guardians of the Galaxy, we see a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac. At first, they hate each other, and every one of them is using the others for selfish gain; since that isn’t love, it may as well be hate, even if the subversive kind. Thankfully, something clicks within the team, and they realize that life isn’t just about them anymore. Unlike before, they now believe in something beyond themselves and therefore act upon that new understanding: that others are just as important as themselves.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. – Eph. 4:16
The Body Grows In Love
This reminds us of what Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, about the body growing in love and fitting perfectly together (Ephesians 4:16). As individuals, they couldn’t do much; but as the unified team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, they saved the world. While each had his or her own gifts, it took the whole group fitting together perfectly to defeat Ronan the Accuser (aka the Satan). And once they became that one, unified group, they were able to then grow together and deepen those perfect ties that bind. If that isn’t a picture of how the Church should work within itself, I don’t know what is.
Christian Themes In Guardians Of The Galaxy
In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.
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