On-Screen Inspiration

by Dan Rupple

Black Panther

One of 2018’s biggest-box office hits was the Marvel film Black Panther. This superhero fantasy film tells the story of T’Challa, heir to the hidden, but advanced kingdom of Wakanda. T’Challa must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past. Reluctant to be passive when division threatens his people, he makes a declaration:

“Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.”

As Christians we are implored to be peacemakers, seek unity, and reflect the character of the God who reconciles mankind to Himself.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3)

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you; so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.“(Col. 3:12-14)