I did it. I took my family to watch the Avengers Infinity War movie this weekend. My poor son’s kept stumbling into spoiler conversations at school with friends who couldn’t keep the movie secrets to themselves and so they begged me to take them to see the movie before all the spoilers had been spoiled for them. So my family is now a part of history – we are a part of the biggest box office haul in the first week of a movie release in movie history.
You know what struck me about the movie? The bad-guy Thanos, the guy in the picture with the very weird chin, is a fascinating and stunningly accurate portrayal of evil. He is a guy who thinks, well actually is completely convinced, he’s accomplishing a great good while perpetrating unspeakable evil throughout the galaxy. Yes I know, this movie us just a super-hero soap opera, but it explores a reality we don’t often consider. People who have perpetrated the greatest violence, and evil in our world are people who are convinced that the “utopian” goals they are trying to achieve allow them to leverage their power in whatever way is necessary to achieve their ultimate goal. This was the line of thinking in Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and the list could go on. When I listened to Thanos I found myself seeing him as a gut check for us who are the people of God that we never allow our ends to justify our means. The way God achieves His beautiful end result, and wants us to partner with Him in achieving that end result, must be as beautiful as the end result or that end result will not prove to be beautiful.