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Defiance with Daniel Craig

June 24, 2009

Defiance_2499We watched Defiance last night. For me it was an excellent movie. I loved so much of what the story was saying.

One scene really caught me when the two brothers Tuvia played by Daniel Craig and Zus played by Liev Schreiber discuss the Jews who have come to the forest for their protection. Zus points out that without the war none of these people would ever show them respect or even care about them.

Much of the movie made the point that many things change because of war. The way they lived, what they expected, and how the worked together changed because the stakes were so high. Things that were valued before like being an accountant or writer didn’t seem as important in the time of war. It was the Bielski’s with their knowledge of the forest and how to live outdoors that they needed.

In another scene Tuvia hands some documents to one of those who is educated because he can’t read.

Paul says we are at war. In Ephesians 6:12 he tells believers that, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

We do battle, we wage war. At one point Tuvia becomes ill and some men attempt to take control of the camp. They are selfish men only concerned with themselves. Their behavior is going to bring everyone down.

What values do we cherish today in the church? What sacrifices would we be willing to make to ensure the unity of the camp?

How different would it be if we lived as if we were at war?

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