Marvel’s action packed new movie, The Avengers, had moments that could have been pulled directly out of the newspapers; without the aliens of course. One scene that stood out was when Loki, the evil Asgardian, stood in front of a large crowd in the square in Stuttgart, Germany and commanded them to kneel before him. They did. As Loki stood reveling in this triumph he told the crowd that he would give them the ultimate freedom; to be ruled. He told them that liberty was just a fantasy. Loki’s tirade continued until an elderly gentleman stood back up and refused to bow down before a tyrant. The Asgardian was about to blow the old man away with his staff when at the last minute, Captain America, stepped in and protected the old man from the likely fatal blow. Captain America stood for what was right and good.
The parallel between the larger than life comic book antagonist and the real life tyrant that Germany had seen before seemed even more fitting when Captain America came to the rescue.
In Nazi Germany, the citizens were in trouble before they realized what was happening. Deitrich Bonhoeffer, a German citizen during WWII, wrote the following in an essay about the ten years that had passed since Hitler’s rise to power:
“One may ask whether there have ever before in human history been people with so little ground under their feet – people to whom every available alternative seemed equally intolerable, repugnant, and futile …
The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. For evil to appear disguised as light, charity, historical necessity, or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for the Christian who bases his life on the Bible it merely confirms the fundamental wickedness of evil.” ~ Pg 446-447, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas
With the world turned upside down by Occupiers everywhere, protests, high unemployment, uncertainty created by this administration’s brand of hope and change, ordinary American’s are looking for Captain America to step in and rescue our nation from the brink of the economic disaster looming before us. Who are they going to protect, if we the people don’t stand up?