Whose side are you on?

In the Lord of the Rings, the ents were the ‘neutrals’.

They tried to claim they were on no one’s side and that no one was on their side[1].

Hundreds of creatures were giving everything they had–even their lives–to destroy Middle Earth.

And hundreds of creatures were giving everything they had–even their lives–to rescue Middle Earth.

But not the ents.

Standing together somewhere in the middle of a woods, gathering together in a ceremonial act of goodwill, speaking at a leisurely pace . . while the blood of dozens on both sides is spilled on the earth and even children are picking up swords and hurling rocks at the man-hungry orcs . . the ents decide they are not going to war.

Lesson from the trees: You can be as ‘nice’ as can be and utterly pointless at the same time.

The ents aren’t hated or really even bothered by anyone in Middle Earth.  They don’t really have enemies because they are no threat to anyone.  They wander around inventing long poems and caring for trees.  All’s well for them–{unless, of course, the entire Middle Earth is razed to the ground and they’re burned in the greed-fire of Sauron’s ever-thirsty power}.  Other than that, though, no worries.

Only when their personal world is at last seen to be infringed upon (trees they tend for have been chopped down), do the ents decide to go to war.

{Certainly they don’t go to help anyone else–but at last they go to help themselves.}

At last they choose sides.  At last they recognize that they are a part of the war, whether they “would will it or not”[2].

What about you?  Whose side are you on?  Are you fighting for evil or for good . . or are you casually waiting for the war to be won by whomever while you sit on the sidelines?

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9, NLT)

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12, NIV)


[1,2] Lord of the Rings: the two towers, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson.  Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, Lord of the Rings: The return of the king.


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  1. Another very awesome blog, my love!

    I’d never noticed this before, but during WWII, the time Tolkein was writing these, both America and Russia were like the ents. Neither got involved in the war until they had been attacked. And it’s unlikely the war would’ve been won without both of them – almost definitely not without either. Now that I’ve put it together, it’s hard to believe Tolkein wasn’t thinking of this. There he was in England, their troops were off to war, London was being bombed, and two of the most powerful nations in the world, nations who had fought on England’s side in the last war, were sitting on the sidelines.

    I don’t wanna be an ent.

    On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 5:04 AM, gracestories

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