And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
In a scene from one of my favorite movies of 2001, Ocean’s Eleven, the safecracker Basher Tarr has been caught red-handed during a bank robbery because of his inept crew. He’s quickly rescued and recruited for a new heist by his former, more professional mates. Basher’s words when he joins his old friends have always stuck with me. “It’ll be nice working with proper villains again.”
Now, I’m not holding up Ocean’s Eleven as a movie with a strong moral lesson (Seriously, it isn’t a good idea to try to steal tens of millions of dollars from Vegas Casinos) but I think Basher’s comment has a lot of truth in it. He was an expert safe cracker—a man at the top of his game—but without a crew of seasoned pros around him, he was bound to fail. As good as he was, he couldn’t succeed on his own.
He needed the help of his proper villains.
This is actually a biblical principal. In both the Old and New Testaments, people rarely go it alone. Instead, they are supported by friends and advisors. Moses had his brother Aaron. David had Jonathan. Even John the Baptist, the voice crying in the wilderness, was surrounded by a large crowd of disciples.
And, of course, Jesus had His apostles. Yes, even the Son of God needed His homies to get by.
One of the first questions I ask of people who come to the Glennon House for healing is “Are you in a faith community?” The answer is almost always “No”. Isolated people are open to the enemy’s attack, in mind, body and spirit. There’s a reason why Christ described us as sheep. We need a Shepherd. But we also need our flock.
We live in a fallen world full of fallen people. Even the most proper of proper villains is going to disappoint you from time to time. But God’s word tells us that we cannot handle this life on our own. If you don’t have a faith community, seek one out ASAP. We need our proper villains to laugh with us, cry with us, pray with us, and to tell us when we are messing up.
And occasionally to help us plot a Casino heist.