The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows… compassion.~From Doctor Abraham Erskine from the movie Captain America the First Avenger.
Yes, yet another blog post on a comic book super hero used as an analogy for the Christian life. Have you figured out that I like comics? I had the opportunity over the weekend to watch this pretty great movie called Captain America the First Avenger. A couple of themes throughout the movie were those of teamwork and leadership. I won’t give away the plot if you have not seen this awesome film, but I will tell you about these two themes.
The leadership principles I saw in this film were absolutely dead on to how we should be a leader in the body of Christ. I will share one part of the film that is glaringly obvious and that is the scrawny guy named Steve Rodgers becomes a powerful dude with the use of a special serum that makes him super strong. The quote above is what got my attention; they were looking for this powerhouse human in the film, but settled on this scrawny guy because he had the right attitudes to be a great leader. The first attitude we see is the never say die attitude. He had determination in everything he wanted to accomplish, namely he wanted to kill Nazis’. No matter his size, he would not back down from a fight. One of the greatest examples we see is that of David facing Goliath. Another leadership attitude we see is that of self-sacrifice. He was willing to die to keep the team alive. He also showed loyalty to his team. He was willing to go in behind enemy lines to free his team. He always took the lead in any fight. He was willing to do anything first to show his men what needed to be done. Humility was a big factor as well in his leadership. He felt he was just doing the right thing. As the quote above so aptly puts, the weak man knows the value of strength. He knew he was powerful, but he never acted as if he was better than anyone else was. The best biblical example I can think of is our Lord Jesus Christ exhibiting these traits.
The teamwork theme was another awesome aspect of the film. As Captain America led his team, he knew they were right behind him. A strong leader is only as strong as the team behind him. This in the bible would be the Iron sharpens iron principle. Two are better than one. I have led a serve team in my church and the value of picking the right people to get a job done is as important as a leader. Leaders have vision. In combination with the teamwork theme, leaders have to use their vision to bring about a great team that can bring about the great leader. It all works together. The team takes up each others slack. If one doesn’t get the job done another is behind him taking his place to make sure nothing is missed. Captain America’s team was comprised of different nationalities. A great team is diverse. A diverse team can bring extra vision to a leader. Other cultures can show a different approach to a method that can never be seen unless by another cultures influence. Finally, the team never leaves a man behind. If you have a weak team member, making sure he is up to speed with the rest of the team is very important to great leadership.
The teamwork and the leadership themes displayed in this movie made it very interesting and exciting for me as I watched it. Captain America is a great example of what a leader should be. His team is a great example of what a team should be to it’s leader. The leader is only as great as his team behind him and the team is only as great as the leader taking the lead.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.