“…Kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
A few years ago I wrote a blog called The Stuff of Heroes. It was all about walking worthy in a manner of the call you have received; and that’s hardly ever easy and to make matters worse, there’s the enemy. As if our own human failings and fears aren’t tempting enough, we have to deal with evil. I recently discovered that very few people actually believe in the influence evil has in their lives. Perhaps it’s because we do not know how to recognize it? Knowing the enemy is key in our journey toward heroism! Who better to help us understand evil than my favorite Marvel Villain, Loki. Why Loki?? Aside from the reindeer helmet there are more parallels between he and Satan than you probably realize. Specifically, there are three things we see Loki do over and over again that that help us “put a face” to evil. In fact, I think these are the only three moves the evil one is capable of.
This blog will be in three parts. In Part 1 we’ll learn who Lucifer is and what he and Loki have in common. Part 2 we will learn his three moves. Lastly, in part 3 we’ll learn how to overcome him. I invite you to be honest with yourselves and to really pray about how and where the evil one trips you in your own life. To Begin….
Meet the God of Mischief
Loki is the offspring of a hideous and warring group of creatures called Frost Giants. His birth parents, royalty in their world, abandoned him after being defeated by Odin in battle. The All-Father took pity on the suffering child and raised him as his own. He hoped that Loki could one day be the key to a lasting peace between two worlds. (This is why he is called “Loki,” its Norse for “key”). For fear that Loki would grow up in the majestic shadow of his brother, Thor—god of thunder, his mother imparted to him her gift of magic; a gift that he uses to control and confuse those around him. While he is no one to be trifled with in battle, manipulation is his most powerful weapon; one he wields with deadly poise and brutal precision. He’s sure to attack what is most sacred inside each individual, claiming victory over his prey from the inside out, most often without ever having lifted a finger. Loki has “always been one for mischief” but once he learns the truth of his parentage and that Thor will be King something seems to creep in a take over. Envy turns to rage. Consumed by his own selfishness he goes mad. The mere thought of the throne intoxicates him; every thought, every action is motivated by this obsession. Thus we have the great villain of all nine realms.
Similarly, in the Christian tradition we tell a story about a “god-like” creature consumed by envy. He too wanted his Father’s throne; he too had aspirations of domination; and he too refused to serve the Son of God. We call him Lucifer (which means “bringing light”). Theologians speculate that Lucifer was given some sort of knowledge of the Incarnation; he saw that God would become man. Lucifer would be made to serve a creature whose nature was lower than his own. God becoming man would elevate the nature of humanity. Lucifer would no longer be the greatest creature. Thus he decided, “I will not serve.” The choice had eternal ramifications. He chose not to be himself. He could have brought light and knowledge to us all, instead he brings darkness and confusion.
In choosing against their natures, Loki and Lucifer will be forever unsatisfied. Loki actually says, “Satisfaction is not in my nature.” Forever he will lose. So why all the drama if you know you’re never coming out on top? In the Norse Mythology (where Marvel draws the comic series of Thor from) Loki’s goal is to wreak as much havoc in the realms as he can before the end, nothing more. Lucifer’s goal is the same. All he wants is to take what God loves most from him, you and me. As they say ‘misery loves company.’ Only Lucifer loves nothing, he is loves antithesis; he is the “embodiment” of selfishness. When we choose to sin we choose to enter into the kingdom of selfishness, Satan’s kingdom. When we sin we hail him as king. When we sin we too choose to be less than what we are created to be.
Join us next week as we crack open Loki’s playbook to see what moves he has in store.