The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I found the final segment of this epic trilogy to be somewhat warmer, brighter, and more humorous than the first two. While I believe The Hobbit movies give too much emphasis on the hideous strength of the bad guys, I found the film’s overall message to be positive, and the same as near the beginning of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring –

Do not fight amongst yourselves over perishable riches (or selfish agendas); set aside your differences and fight the enemy of your souls to save yourselves for eternal peace to the glory of the Almighty God who made you in love.

Whether we are watching Frodo (in LOTR) despairing at seeing the evil ring-maker grow in strength as the Fellowship fight over who is to carry the ring to Mount Doom, or whether we view as Bilbo (in this film) is dismayed to witness the elves and the dwarves fighting each other over gold, while a vile Orc army subtly approaches, bent on destroying them all, the call to repent (change) is the same: Love one another, put honor over self-gain, set aside your differences, join forces to fight your true enemy.

Frodo and Bilbo each give bravely and sacrificially in ways that are key, by leading gently, but with tough, costly love.

It is so hard for us fleshly men to see that in our conflicts, we are often serving our adversary, whose philosophy is: divide and conquer. Lord, help us to love each other as we work on ourselves toward sanctification and good relationships.

The battle today might look different, and may not always occur on a physical front, but is fundamentally the same. We must cling to God’s love and truth if we are to remain in Christ; we may remain God’s children, but to what inheritance do we aspire?

May God bless you and yours this Christmas; let’s ask him to rekindle our love for Him.

For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to come and be born; to live out His love before us, and to die for our sins, even when we opposed and persecuted Him.  If you put your trust in Him, and follow Him, He will share His life and friendship with you forever. He is the best friend you will ever have.

-Modeled after John 3:16-17


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