Argo: Reminding us of Heroics of Biblical Proportions

Posted: October 12, 2012 by John C. Kwasny, Ph.D. in Action, Drama, True Story
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Now this is a much better movie poster than the one in yesterday’s post!  In this UK version, we see a better picture of what Argo is all about–the involvement of Hollywood into the dramatic political events of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.  As I’ve already discussed, Argo takes its name from a fake movie used by a CIA operative to attempt to free American hostages during its fake filming in Tehren.  You will have to watch the movie to find out what happened (even though the ending may not be the part that is “based on a true story”).

Argo introduces us to some courageous people who attempted true heroics in a crazy-but-daring rescue scheme.  People who risk their lives to save others should ALWAYS impress us since it points us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Of course, not all heroes are motivated out of a love for Jesus and/or a love for people, but the sacrifices they make are very Christ-like in nature.

But I would suggest that movies like Argo can also remind us of the heroic stories found in Scripture.  (If they don’t makes us think of those true stories, maybe we spend too much time watching movies rather than reading our Bibles!)  From the beginning to the end of God’s Word, we see men and women risking their lives to save and deliver others.  Abraham’s daring rescue of Lot comes to mind.  Then there’s David and that slingshot saving an entire army and people of God.  Or maybe you recall Rahab risking her life to protect Israelite spies.  How about Samson defeating all those Philistines in his own death!  Finally, some of my favorite vignettes “star” David’s mighty men as the ultimate Navy Seals and Army Commandos.

One of my favorite stories of heroic, risky intrigue appears in the Book of Judges.  It’s so good, it’s worth quoting in it’s entirety:

15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. 17 And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. 20 And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. 21 And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. 23 Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them. 24 When he had gone, the servants came, and when they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “Surely he is relieving himself in the closet of the cool chamber.” 25 And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor. 26 Ehud escaped while they delayed, and he passed beyond the idols and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader. 28 And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over. 29 And they killed at that time about 10,000 of the Moabites, all strong, able-bodied men; not a man escaped. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.  (Judges 3:15-30)

Now that’s a story more than worthy to be a blockbuster Hollywood film!  As fascinating as the heroics of the characters in Argo might be, we are blessed to be given stories of people like Ehud that should absolutely blow us away every day.  These hero stories should deepen our awe of a God who providentially equips His people and controls situations according to His good pleasure.  But they also point us to the most amazing hero tale of all time, the one about a hero who sacrificed His life on a cross at Calvary to deliver us from the ultimate enemies of sin and death.  Our sovereign Script-writer and Director came up with the ultimate plan, which is the most successful rescue in all of history!

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