Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bending

There was this show, that I recently watched, called Avatar: The Last Airbender, and at first glimpse it doesn't seem to relate to Christianity at all. It is set in an Asian cultural world where they do not seem to worship any one god but a twist gives certain people of the different nations to be able to bend the elements. One certain member of one of these nations can control all of the elements. The name given is the Avatar. Well, how does this relate to Christianity at all? At the near end of the season three finale Aang (the avatar) is destined to defeat the Firelord, who has taken over the other nations (earth, air, water) with the Fire Nation. In the climax of the battle Aang is faced with the decision to kill the Firelord to end the war, but he can't because he knows that it isn't right. Instead Aang tries something that is so risky he is placing the world in jeopardy. In order to perform this task he has to be completely unbendable. He has to spirit bend to end the war without killing the Firelord. In a way we are all spirit benders. We can bend someone's way of thinking, their character, their will, and most importantly their life. As a Christian we are meant to be unbendable, because in being unbendable we will be able to bend those who need to be shown the truth, the way, and the light. Jesus Christ. Build yourself up with knowledge and scripture and do not let anyone tell you that you are wrong. Without this spirit bending no one will be saved, those who master it, must be unbendable. If you make a mistake, stand strong in your faith and admit your mistake to God Himself, only Jesus has the power to save. Once you admit that mistake the Holy Spirit will make you even stronger than you were before. Be a spirit bender, bend the spirits of those who need you. Who need Christ. Bend but do not break, for breaking a spirit causes an irreversable gap between them and God. Bend, my brothers and sisters, but be careful to not break. Be careful to not bend yourselves. Be a Spirit Bender.

-GJ Frye

2 Comments:

At July 22, 2008 at 7:11 PM , Anonymous Yaholo said...

I often ponder the paradox of our individual responsibility in the sight of God, and at the same time, how much one person can influence (bend) another. I am tempted to conclude that until our spirit becomes anchored in Christ, we simply bend in accordance with the will of others (hence, proliferation of fads).

 
At October 26, 2008 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeling creeped out at the the thought of Christians spirit bending me. Interesting take.

I've always though of the Fire nation in terms of being the Abrahamic religions going forth to conquer the world (Crusades/Jihad) while the Eastern religions teach peace and inner balance.

Not putting down just giving my take.

 

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