An Epic Reality

Posted: June 17, 2013 by jperritt in Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
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epicI’m assuming the creators behind the movie, Epic, thought the alternate title, Mediocre, wouldn’t sound as catchy, even though it more accurately describes what I saw. I don’t want to come across as being too harsh on the film. As I have mentioned before, there is a certain amount of creativity that goes into every film, and Epic certainly possessed some creative elements. However, there was a lot of “old hat” to be viewed.

We took the junior high of Pear Orchard to the film and a PG animated film is always a safe bet when taking teens and pre-teens to the movies. Many of the youth enjoyed it and there were elements of the film I enjoyed. Aziz Ansari playing a slug named Mub was hilarious. I laughed almost every time he had a scene.

One element I appreciated came from a line that was repeated throughout the film – “Many leaves, one tree.” Ronin explains that this means their people are all individuals, but connected and because of this, “No one is ever alone.”

The entire film is about the Leafmen, and their community, fighting against the “rot”. Mandrake is the evil villain, bringing about decay and making the statement that, “The forest belongs to the darkness.” Mandrake and his rioters of the rot make a clear distinction between good and evil and leave us with a similar truth we find in Scripture. There are those forces of evil that are warring against creation, bringing about darkness and decay to this creation.

Creation is currently wasting away, and, to put it bluntly, we are all rotting. Every human is wasting away because of this darkness that has effected creation. But, as is affirmed in the movie, we are not alone. While the decay and rot of sin is apparent in our hearts and minds, we have brothers and sisters in Christ to guide us along the treacherous journey. We too can say, because of Christ, that we are many leaves connected to the same tree.

In many ways the tree and leaves metaphor is another way of saying, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ.” [1 Cor. 12:12]. And this section goes on to say, that each member of the body has distinctly different gifts and are to be appreciated. There is a distinct unity that takes place in this body. “But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” [1 Cor. 12:24b-26]

The uniqueness of this body, lies in the fact that the Head is Jesus Christ. The parts are all unique because God has bestowed unique gifts on each one, and if this body lacked a head, it would be lifeless. However, Christ unites the body and brings life and honor to the members.

While this life does continue to experience the rot, just as in Epic, we can have great assurance that we are not alone. When one member of the body suffers from depression, loss of a loved-one, cancer, or any other saddening result of the fall, the rest of the body suffers with them. God is so gracious to give us others to carry us along. But, his ultimate testimony of love came from the gift of his Son, who took the rejection of the Father so each of us could be part of this family. And that is an epic story that has no end.


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