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One of the easiest ways for someone to see culture captured in a microcosm is for one to make their way down to the local theater and catch a movie. My wife and I decided to have a little date night and watch “Battle: Los Angeles” (I know…she’s awesome) and see what the newest installment of Hollywood’s take on “end of the world” scenarios would entail. Basically, the movie involves earth being attacked by an unknown alien force systematically wiping out humankind. All that stands between life and annihilation is a small squadron of Marines that eventually bear the burden of being the last hope of mankind. Surprisingly, what I ended up taking away from the film was one rather nagging question, where is our hope?

Think about this for a moment, how does Hollywood attract the crowds week after week? By giving people the one thing which they lack so much in every aspect of their daily lives…hope. For most of the movie I couldn’t help but feel dread completely overwhelming me, we were outgunned, outmanned and completely outmatched. Yet, at that moment when I felt all was lost came the faintest glimmer of it…hope. And rightfully so, why would anyone watch a movie that wasn’t brimming with hope? Take your favorite movie and remove every aspect of hope from it and what does that leave you with? For most, a haunting silhouette of everyday life, a life replete with problems and pain but lacking in any true hope.

The very real truth of the matter is this, life without hope is truly not life at all. And as a movie without a hero becomes unwatchable, so life without hope becomes unlivable. So the question is this, where is your hero and what is your hope? The hopes of men are fleeting and the heroes of men are merely mortal but there is One in whom all our hopes should lie. The One who bore the burden for all mankind, the very Son of God who was nailed to a tree, to be our hero, to be our Savior. Jesus Christ, whose death brought life and whose life brings hope.

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