I’m With You ‘Till the End of the Line

I just got done watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier again. It is an amazing movie. While I was watching it, something stuck out that I’d never really thought about before. It’s a quote I love so much that I made it the title of this post.

“I’m with you ’till the end of the line.”

On the surface, it may seem just like a well-written line. It’s easy to gloss over. However, if we dig deeper, it has much more meaning than that. In the film, Captain America has been uprooted, having been torn out of his home time and thrusted into a future he’s entirely unfamiliar with. He’s a man out of time, and it seems like all of his friends are dead… until he finds that his old girlfriend, Peggy Carter, is still alive. He’s having a hard time adjusting to his new time, and seeing Peggy in her aged, frail state doesn’t help. Soon afterward, seemingly all he knows is uprooted, and he’s having an internal crisis.

Until he sees Bucky.

Bucky was his best friend. He was his only family after his parents died. Seeing Bucky makes his longing for family and friends even stronger. In the end, he refuses to fight Bucky. He instead tries to reawaken what’s left of Bucky. He wants to save his friend.  He’s willing to die trying, and takes a brutal beating in the process. In the end, Cap repeats what Bucky told him all those years ago.

‘Till the end of the line. 

In this age, it’s easy to lose what. true friendship is. We’ve watered friendship down to its most basic components, and when our friends need us the most, we step aside. The most we’ll be there for our friends is when we like their photo on social media. Here’s what the Bible says about friendship:

John 15:12-13 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

The greatest love we can have is to be there for those we love until the end of the line. To be in their corner when it counts. To be willing to lay it all down for them. Close friendship shouldn’t be an online only experience or something that only counts when you’re hanging around in the hallway at school. Close friendship should be something more than just a platonic relationship. It should be a shared desire to protect one another from what this world throws at us.

‘Till the end of the line.

How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? What would you give for them?

That, my dear reader, is something you’ll have to ask yourself.

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