I recently watched the movie Black Panther again and was struck again by so many different elements that I didn’t originally get the opportunity to let myself fully experience in previous viewings. While there are many elements of spirituality that aren’t necessarily Christian, (Full disclosure: I am a comic book nerd) there are elements that cause me to love God more deeply. One scene that resonated with me at a very deep level occurs when the newly crowned king, T’challa is returning back to his homeland after a mission. As the vessel that he is in comes into the line of sight of his homeland the sheer peace and joy he is feeling blazes throughout his countenance as he says “This never gets old”.
While Wakanda is a purely fictional place, I was struck with an intense desire to go there as I watched the movie. I teared up a few times while watching with this intense desire to go to this place where black men and women are clothed in dignity, where women are honored, and where a variety of jobs and trades are represented in the governmental structure of a nation.
As I sat with these feelings and desires, I felt the phrase “I’m longing for home.” sink into my heart. That’s it. This movie was so powerful because I felt this need to return. This desire ultimately to be with God in His holy Sanctuary. Hebrews 11:10 is certainly impacting me as well. “for he (Abraham) was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Just as Abraham was yearning for a home with God so am I. Wakanda is fictional. My desires and indeed the desire of every living being isn’t.