While re-watching Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy a few months ago, I was particularly struck by the battle scene in the opening sequence. In that battle, the ‘last alliance of men and elves’ (the good guys) had lined up to battle Sauron’s forces (the bad guys), and what caught my attention was the way in which the front line for the good guys stood firm against the onslaught from Mordor.
It’s a scene I’ve seen repeated in countless movies: two opposing armies line up with weapons in hand, and either they both charge at one another, or, in some cases, one line stands awaiting the coming assault. The scene I watched featured the latter – the forces of good stood their ground, awaiting the oncoming attack from evil. What really struck me was the resolve and dedication of the front line – the soldiers who would be the first to face battle and in many cases, death. These soldiers are the ones that every wave of the enemy will pass through within the battle. And I was left wondering: how does one prepare to stand on the front lines? How does one prepare their heart and mind for battle when death is not just a possibility… it is likely? And how does this relate to our life of faith? [Read more…] about Doing Battle on the Front Lines