There’s a sermon in everything…. even Black Panther

If you haven’t seen this film, you might want to give this post a miss until you do. Anyway, as I watching it I was thinking “Hmm. I wonder how many sermons are going to come out of this film?” So I thought I’d help some of you out.

1. Your enemy is not always who you think it is.

For those of us that don’t read comics, the plot would have been completely new to us. At first it seemed like Ulysses Klaue was the obvious villain but as the plot progressed we very quickly learnt that he wasn’t. Sometimes the “villain” in our lives is a lot closer to home.

If like me you have grown up with a west African background you will be very aware that Satan is responsible for everything. Stubbed your toe? The devil is a liar. Lost your job? The devil is a liar? Even mere speculation about something that could potentially go wrong will have some people reminding Satan of his identity. However, he is not always to blame. Yes we do have an adversary but it’s not enough to know that and call him a deceiver. We have to find the root of the issue and the route through which it came.

When things aren’t working it’s easy to accuse the someone else. Janet doesn’t want me to succeed in this job. Mrs John doesn’t want me to pass this module. Aunty Marie doesn’t want me to have friends. It’s easy to see people as enemies of progress but maybe try looking closer to home. Have you been working hard or hardly working? Have you been putting the work in to get that grade? Is that friend you’ve been messing around with really your friend? If you look hard enough you’ll realise that the people or things you thought were against you were never really the ones you had to worry about. Look deeper. Your enemy isn’t always who you think.

2. Be at the right place at the right time

When the villain made it to Wakanda, everyone was looking for T’Challa but he was nowhere to be found. He was having a conversation with his love interest. I remember sitting there watching this scene and thinking….  hmm, this sounds familiar.

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.

2 Samuel 11:1-2

Similar to T’Challa, David should have been fulfilling his duty as a king by being present on the battlefield but he wasn’t and because he wasn’t there things spiralled out of control. Thankfully, T’Challa returned on time but the lesson there is…. always be on job! My pastor always says that we need to be at the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way with the right people for the right purposes. We all know stories of people who ended up in some kind of predicament because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whether it was their fault or not is not for us to judge but let’s not be those people. Let’s rightly discern where we ought to be at all times.

They that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:14

3. Loyalty to the kingdom

There’s a tense scene towards the end of the film where one of the warriors (think her name is Ayo) is on the verge of death. Her last words were Wakanda forever and then she was killed. Some might call her a martyr. When persecution came she was willing to die for the cause she lived for. Her loyalty to the king cost her her life and for Christians it’s a similar thing. It could be physical death like in the film. Christians all over the world are being persecuted for their faith. Or it could be death to self. As believers we are called to die to ourselves and our desires so we can fully take up our new positions in Christ. When persecution comes, we are to cling more than ever to Christ knowing that what is on the other side of eternity is far greater than anything we think we can hold onto here. Persecution is promised; we know that from scripture but when it eventually comes, will you stand for Christ or will you bow your knee?

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10:39

Well that’s it for now. Feel free to hand my sermon notes to your pastor (lol). There were other things I picked up on but these three stuck out the most. Superhero movies tend to have a lot of spiritual themes woven into them so look out for them. It’s hard to miss because as believers we usually look at things through a spiritual lens… well, supposed to anyway. If you haven’t watched the film, I would highly recommend you do so. Let me know what you thought of it or if there were any other “sermons” you found.

Peace out y’all!

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