Man of Steel
Strength is admired when it is controlled and used to provide good things for people, business, transportation, and daily functions. When we reach for a hammer, we expect the head to be hard and durable. Whenever we board anything designed to transport us, we are confident that the frame and body of that vehicle has been inspected and proven to be safe because of its strength to handle the speed, surroundings, and weight it is designed to do. When a customer buys a diamond, they fully expect it to be “the real thing” and able to last for a lifetime due to the density and hardness of the stone.
Strength of resolve is admired in men and women of honor. That deep-rooted tenacity and determination takes them to great heights. The will, fortitude, and sheer boldness overcomes difficulties that cause others to quit.
That same focus and passionate fierceness to accomplish a task at all costs is terrifying when it appears in a terrorist, maniac, or contemptible dictator. The attributes that cause some to be valiant can also terrorize and create great devastation. When evil is at the core of the individual, the strength of their deviant convictions breed heartache and despair if they are in positions of national leadership. We draw our strength from the Lord. When we acknowledge Him as the source and use that power given to us under His Holy Spirit’s power, then the result will be great contributions to others. That is why we are so often admonished to honor and serve our God with diligence and to recognize Him as Lord! Failure to do so makes a man defiant to the end!
Eph.6:10 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
A story I heard personally from Malcolm Muggeridge (that stirred me then and still does even yet) was his account of a conversation he had with Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of Josef Stalin. She spent some time with Muggeridge in his home in England while they were working together on their BBC production on the life of her father. According to Svetlana, as Stalin lay dying, plagued with terrifying hallucinations, he suddenly sat halfway up in bed, clenched his fist toward the heavens once more, fell back upon his pillow, and was dead.
The incredible irony of his whole life is that at one time Josef Stalin had been a seminary student, preparing for the ministry. Coming of Nietzschean age, he made a decisive break from his belief in God. This dramatic and complete reversal of conviction that resulted in his hatred for all religion is why Lenin had earlier chosen Stalin and positioned him in authority—a choice Lenin too late regretted. (The name Stalin, which means “steel,” was not his real name, but was given to him by his contemporaries who fell under the steel-like determination of his will.) And as Stalin lay dying, his one last gesture was a clenched fist toward God, his heart as cold and hard as steel. (Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God.).