When God says, ‘This Means War’

Posted: February 3, 2012 by jperritt in Action, Comedy, Drama
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Yesterday we looked at some of the themes of This Means War and how it raises some concerns for Christians. This may seem somewhat surprising since the film seems to be a fairly light-hearted, funny take on a love-trianlge. However, that is what may be so disconcerting for Christians, that is, taking such a serious thing and making light of it.

Let’s take a step back from the film for a second and let me ask you how you would feel in the same scenario. What if you found out someone you cared about had been intimately involved with another? You would be filled with a thousand different horrible emotions. Part of the design of sex is to draw two people together. Therefore, jealousy, rage, depression, sadness, fear, hate, and many other things come to the surface when we discover unfaithfulness in another.

Now I know some may argue, ‘But John, this movie presents it in a humorous fashion. Don’t get so uptight.’ Which is exactly my point from yesterday, should something so serious be presented in a humorous way? Let’s draw this out a bit further from a biblical perspective.

Sex was created by God to be enjoyed between one man and one woman in marriage. And it is through marriage that God illustrates his relationship to us. He is in a covenantal relationship with his people and HE is the faithful party. WE are the unfaithful spouse who are involved in the love-triangle, to use the movie analogy (only we have given our love to more than one other lover).

Scripture likens us to whores because of our unfaithfulness, all the while, God remains faithful but not emotionless. God, in part, would agree with the film. He too would entitle his film in the same way – This Means War.

You see, people shy away from talking about God’s wrath, but it actually communicates how loving he is. Using the example from the film, Tom Hardy & Chris Pine are both infuriated at the other, because of their love for Reese Witherspoon. We know this parallel breaks down, because pride is a driving force behind these two CIA agent’s battle, but love is involved as well.

Getting personal, if someone was to mistreat my wife, I would not sit back and watch. You better believe I’m coming at you and there isn’t an army who can stop me – this is true of God. When we give our love to anything else, be it sports, money, sex, leisure time, possessions, or whatever else, God gets jealous because he LOVES us.

God reminds us many times in Scripture that he is a jealous God and jealousy can only occur when you love someone. If you don’t love someone, you don’t care what they do. Therefore, the reaction of the CIA agents over Lauren (Witherspoon) is normal in a fallen world.

Love + unfaithfulness = jealousy, and, although taken lightly, this is what TMW communicates. God loves his people with such an intense love, he hates it when they give their love to another. This is the first commandment, You shall have no other gods before me. There is no one, or thing, that can love us in the way God can. And there is no one who will jealously declare war over those false gods like our infinitely faithful Father.

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