Bird Box and Spiritual Warfare

Think Christian | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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How the Netflix hit models a hopeful way of living, even in the midst of overwhelming darkness.

The term “spiritual warfare” often brings up wild images of exorcisms or other over-the-top supernatural encounters where believers confront evil spirits. But when the apostle Paul brings up the concept in Ephesians 6, his description is fairly vague. The struggle, he writes, “is against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

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Dark forces don’t have to be actual demons. They can be just as overwhelming in the form of injustice, systemic racism, poverty, genocide, or any societal ill you care to name. If you’ve logged onto social media or listened to the news at all in the last few years, you’ve probably felt a certain level of burnout from seeing so much human suffering repeated, analyzed, and debated. Sometimes, in the name of self care, it feels as if the best thing you can do to keep from losing your mind is to just look away.

The urge—even necessity—of looking away is also what powers the hit Netflix thriller Bird Box, which is about a deadly evil that spreads across the world like a plague. In the film, seeing the evil force causes people to either kill themselves or go homicidally insane. The only way to survive is to not look. And so people cover their windows and blindfold themselves when they’re outside. As the established social order disintegrates, those left behind have to decide whether to fight back, remain hopeful, or put their heads down and simply survive.

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Bird Box’s protagonist, Malorie (Sandra Bullock), is firmly of the pure survival school when we meet her. The film opens with her preparing her two children, efficiently named Boy and Girl, for a dangerous, blindfolded boat journey toward...
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