No spoiler alert needed. Everything mentioned here is prior to the newest Captain America movie. Non Marvel fans may skip the set up example/analogy and move down to what it means for us today.
In the second Captain America movie, Chris Evans is faced with a familiar enemy (who is not the real enemy but is still dangerous). His old friend Bucky has literally been brainwashed into fighting for the wrong side. Captain America is smart enough to know that the Winter Soldier is still very dangerous but he is not the real enemy. The real enemy is the force that brainwashed him in the first place. Hydra. His desire is to save his friend so Bucky can be a good guy again, freed from the possession of Hydra’s power. However, he knows that until that happens, Bucky is very dangerous and cannot be trusted.
What it means for us today.
The Devil is real, just like Hydra was a real enemy. His desire is to brainwash good people into doing his bidding for him. He quite literally seeks to seduce the disciples of Christ away from the profession and practice of His Holy religion. “But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.” (Jude 1:10-11)
But Satan is much smarter than Hydra. Hydra simply reprogrammed Bucky’s brain to follow their orders. Satan is much craftier. Just like how he convinced Eve to sin in the garden, his tactic is to convince God’s people that they simply misunderstood God’s instruction. In the garden it was by questioning her understanding of his instructions about the trees she could eat from. “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1) Her doubt opened her up to falling for his tricks.
Today, it is the same tactic with a different tool. Now he seeks to confuse us by questioning our origins. If I were to write out in plain English what Satan is asking this country right now, it would be this. ‘Didn’t God say ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’? This is of course an actual quote from Gen 26. Satan’s goal is to point out that since God is neither male or female and we are in the same image, we should be neither male or female.
But Satan would conveniently leave out the next verse. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27) This redaction is intentional. Satan always uses a piece of truth to spread his lie. He is not misquoting God, he is just leaving important pieces out.
The result of his lie is an entire generation that is now consumed by the fact they can no longer distinguish between a male and female. This was no accident. This was 100% completely designed by Satan. No gender truth means no family structure and that destroys the fabric of our society.
Following the Winter Soldier analogy, the people who have been brainwashed into believing this lie are not the enemy, but they are dangerous. We should approach them with the same tactic that Captain America approached Bucky. We need to pray for them, deeply desire they would fight the brainwash and see the truth… but we must remember all along that as long as they are under the delusion of Satan’s lies, they too are dangerous.
Listen to the final instructions of Jude. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment[g] stained by the flesh.” (v 20-23)
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