We saw Battle: Los Angeles last night, and in my opinion the whole movie can be wrapped up in Aaron Eckhart’s line “I’ll go to hell and back for you, sir.” What a great message that even the overused extraterrestrial theme couldn’t dilute – trust and devotion in combat situations.
“I’ll go to hell and back for you.” Has anyone ever said that to you, personally? Has anyone ever actually done it? Human connections can be powerful indeed. They can cause us to walk straight into enemy fire when under direct attack by forces that aren’t even human.
I’ll go to hell and back for you. I’ll search through rubble in radioactive disaster zones, using a chainsaw to clear away debris, hoping and praying that you’re alive down there. I’ll jump in front of an oncoming train, just to free you from the tracks. I’ll risk my career, my entire livelihood, to do the right thing for you. I’ll sacrifice myself, for you.
I’ll wade through your darkest emotions – your hate, despair, rage, and self-pity – hoping and praying that I’ll find you somewhere down there. I’ll confront my own darkness, my own hate and despair, my own rifts of the soul, my own radioactive cloud.
I’ll do anything to clear away debris and rubble until I can see the truth of our situation – the enemy in our midst, the survivors gasping for air, bleeding and parched from thirst. I will do whatever it takes. I won’t run, or hide, or deny. I’ll go to the edge of sanity with you, the places in your mind that don’t quite add up, the places in my own. I’ll stay up all night, get up early, miss meals, take bullets, weep tears of sorrow, and listen to your screams of pain. I will sacrifice my own comfort, for you.
You’re alive somewhere down there. I’m hoping and praying that you are. I’ll go to hell and back for you, because I’ve seen it done before.
Someone did it for me.
We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19