In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we see Man’s efforts in coping with Man’s own depravity, which ultimately points to the way God deals with it.
The Problem Of Sin
Man has always searched for a way to deal with its own depravity. In this film, Project Insight is that solution. On the surface, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. believe that Project Insight will eradicate any and all evil before it even happens. Once we discover, however, that S.H.I.E.L.D. is just a puppet for the Captain’s old enemy HYDRA, we also realize that Project Insight isn’t lovingly protecting all of Mankind but only selfishly protecting HYDRA. It’s Man trying to solve depravity while touting its own depravity in the process.
But there’s still a difference between the two entities involved. HYDRA has Alexander Pierce at its helm, the Winter Soldier as its champion, and self-preservation as the motive for acting as it does. The true S.H.I.E.L.D., however, has Nick Fury as its helm, Captain America as its champion, and genuine love for its neighbor at its motive for acting as it does (even thought it was duped by the former and is therefore worthy of the punishment coming to it). The former is concerned about saving itself, whereas the latter, upon realizing its mistake, chose to then save people through spirit and truth.
Spirit And Truth
We tie this to what James call true and undefiled ceremonial worship – loving and serving others in their distress – and to what Jesus refers to when He speaks of the time when God’s people will worship God “in spirit and in truth.” By lifting its veil of deceitful secrecy, S.H.I.E.L.D., while bringing its own deep and dark secrets to light, brought HYDRA to light as well, thus finally destroying it (which has been the objective all along). In the same way, once we deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Jesus, we can also worship God in spirit and in truth.
Christian Themes In The Winter Soldier
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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