High Noon is a 1952 western film about a town marshal who is forced to face a gang of killers by himself.
The storyline of the movies is about Will Kane, a marshal for many years. He retires and plans on moving away to become a storekeeper. But as he is preparing to leave town, word gets around that Frank Miller, a criminal Kane brought to justice, is due to arrive on the noon train. Miller had been sentenced to hang, but was pardoned due to a technicality. In court, he had vowed to get revenge on Kane and anyone who got in his way. The town where Kane had been marshal is frightened and turns its back on Kane, leaving him to take on the villans by himself. Kane decides to leave before Miller arrives, has a crisis of conscious, and returns to face the killers alone.
High noon is the time they meet in the middle of the main street to settle accounts.
In the end, good triumphs over evil. But only because the ex-marshal decides to walk in the authority of his office.
Excellent parable about the life of a Jesus follower.
We have an authority that is from the Maker of the universe Himself. Yet, we tend to run from it. The result is a life that is weak, defeated and powerless. We live in depression, anxiety, sickness and fear. The John 10:10 life is just a wispy dream without reality. We wishfully express a desire for it, but only in the way we’d wish for a million dollars—its a fairytale.
We have been deceived by the Evil One into thinking that he has power and authority, while we are weak and defenseless, totally dependent on a distant God who can’t seem to show up when we need Him. The reality is that it is us, the Jesus follower, who has both the authority and the power.
We’ve been brainwashed, snookered, deceived, hoodwinked.
It ain’t so!
It’s a sin when I fail to walk in authority. When I don’t respond to challenges with a holy boldness, it reveals a skewed interpretation of my identity. I can’t allow a circumstance or experience to interpret my identity. Only God gets to give me my self-image.