In Ender’s Game, the hero catches the eyes of his instructors at a young age. Mr. Wiggins’ amazing tactical mind soon advanced him to the most prestigious branch of the military academy, and to the test which, if he passed, would designate him as the leader of the entire army. It was a simulation in which his objective was to destroy the alien fleet. But he went farther than that. He used his army’s “super weapon” to destroy the insectoid’s planet. He beat the game, but then he realized the simulation had been real. Ender had wiped out an entire species.
Now, some might say that he did the right thing. After all, he had dispelled a threat. The aliens would never again pose a threat to mankind. But there was no evidence the insectoids would go to war. Their armies held thousands upon thousands, but there wasn’t a whisper of evidence to suggest an attack. The leaders of Earth ordered the strike out of fear. If that’s right, we might as well go ahead and kill every man or beast that has the capability to commit a crime.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Ender trusted in the leaders, who condemned him to murder based on a misguided notion.
While many of us won’t destroy an entire race during our lifetimes, what about other things? What about a friend that passes you a beer? They say it’ll be fun, you won’t get in trouble, you’ll be “cool.” Maybe they even believe themselves. But then one beer turns into another. Two beers turn into ten, and eventually you wake up next morning in a puddle of your own puke, and someone’s stolen your wallet, phone, and that really expensive watch your grandparents got you for Christmas.
Make it a point to have godly people in your life to advise and direct you. One small, bad decision can and will multiply into another, worse choice; from fighting an alien race, to telling a little white lie.
Ian Fleming is a sixteen-year-old with a passion for sports, who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Ian’s dream is to play baseball for the University of South Carolina, where he hopes to become a light for the one who changed his life, Jesus Christ. He currently plays with a local Christian homeschool organization, where he works hard in hopes that someday his dream is realized. His passion for writing developed only recently, after he began to write short stories spinning off his favorite novels. Ian is interested in a career in sports journalism.