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Have you ever asked the question, “What limits God?”
Every now and then I listen to Joel Osteen. It’s not really intentional, but usually I am flipping through channels and come across his broadcast. And when this happens, many times what he is saying applies directly to something currently being experienced in my life.
This past Sunday night was no different. As Joel talked about having God’s favor IN THE MIDST of life’s storms, he uttered these words:
“God is not limited by our conditions. He is limited by our thinking.”
These words hit me like a ton of bricks! And has been echoing through my soul ever since. How often do we look at the size and intensity of our circumstances and think they are too big for God to handle? But, when we read Scripture, we are repeatedly introduced to a God who is CAPABLE! God has no problem with being ABLE to change situations, circumstances and people.
IT STARTED WITH A MEME
A few years back I came across this meme on the Internet. A young man was sitting on a park bench next to Jesus. The caption read, “No, I’m not talking about Twitter… I literally want you to follow Me.” I laughed at that image. However, it is so telling about the times in which we live.
What does it mean to follow Jesus today in our Twitter /Facebook /YouTube /Instagram Age? Social media has radically redefined “follow me” to mean a person can “like” what someone else says and does without having to change their own life. We can sit at our computer or cell phone screens and decide to be involved in someone’s social media post a little or a lot. We choose the level of buy in. We decide how much we want to follow someone. We make “following someone” fit within the framework of our own agenda.
BLACK PANTHER MOVIE – THEMES REVIEW SERIES
Over the past two weeks, I have written 10 blog posts which review a number of themes from the Disney-Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, which just released on February 16, 2018.
This 10-part review collection is called, Wakanda Forever! Below are the links to each post so you can easily access them all in one place.
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights on the film and how they relate to these posts.
Wakanda Forever: Part 10 – Yes We Can!
So, here we are at the end of this 10-part movie review. My original intent was to write 1-3 posts on various issues Black Panther raises, but compulsion overtook me!
Why do I love this movie so much? What’s this sense of euphoria, this sense of excitement, possibility, hope and pride? I had felt this before a few years back, but couldn’t nail down when exactly that was. It took a few days to mull it over and then it hit me while talking with my wife:
“The last time I felt like this was when Barack Obama ran for president the first time!”
That sense of ‘Yes We Can!’ was almost tangible. Before then, the political system seemed defunct. But when Obama ran, I felt like I was a part of a movement that was much bigger than me. My vote mattered. Change was possible.
Wakanda Forever: Part 9 – Mastering Your Craft
I think the core of Black Panther is about mastery: the mastery of self, one’s community and the world at large. By mastery, I am not talking about having the freedom to independently run one’s life in isolation. Erik had that freedom and we see how that ended for him. But I mean to learn to build one’s life within the supportive confines of community. Mastery is defined as, “a comprehensive knowledge of a skill or subject matter.”
We see this definition wonderfully represented, visually, in the Kingdom of Wakanda itself. The nation of Wakanda is an example of what can happen when a group of people learn how to humble themselves before each other. They do so in order to serve the greater good of the whole, while propelling each person to be the best they can be.
Wakanda Forever: Part 8 – We Are One Tribe
If you left as soon as the credits started rolling at the end of #BlackPanther, then you missed two additional scenes which help to set up Avengers: Infinity War, which releases in May. The first additional scene, which will be talked about in this post is of the Wakandan delegation visiting the United Nations.
King T’Challa, Nakia, Okoye and Ayo, take the stage in front of a packed auditorium of eager participants. T’Challa speaks about opening Wakanda up to the world. Here is part of what he says:
“Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We can not. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.”