The Two Towers – Consequence of Sin

The Two Towers begins in a morose manner. One of our heroes, and one of the Fellowship, Boromir, is now dead. His death was completely avoidable, yet his thirst for power and control drove him to attempted theft and murder. In many ways, his story reminds me of Samson’s – a powerful warrior, highly gifted, a surrogate leader of his people. Like Samson, he was tempted, and his falling for that temptation spelt his demise. The sin of Boromir led not only to his own death, but to the destruction of the Fellowship, and the misery of those whom he had pledged to protect.
The obvious consequence of his sin is death. He was warned by Elrond of the sway the ring could wield over a would-be wearer, but he wouldn’t listen. Can you blame him? In his mind, he came to the Council to plead for the lives of his people, and to secure their safety from the oncoming evil. Minas Tirith was not only a major city in Middle Earth, but it also represented all the power in the southern continent, and the stronghold for humanity. Boromir knew its importance, and went to argue that the Ring should go with him to defend his people. Those older and wiser prevailed, and Boromir was left with a dilemma: take it by force or wait for the plan of the elders to work itself out. The draw of the Ring was too strong, and he gave in – it cost him everything. As we see multiple times in the biblical narratives, the consequences of sin can be dire. Not only do they affect the individual, but they affect others around him.
To that end, Boromir’s choice brought on the destruction of the Fellowship. Frodo fled (with Sam following) into Emyn Muil, a vast wasteland. Merry and Pippin are lost to the orc hordes. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, the protectors, are left to chase down the kidnappers, which is nothing more than a side quest in the grade picture of Middle Earth’s redemption. Boromir’s one mistake, which he thought would save Middle Earth, actually drove it closer to destruction. Boromir’s one mistake derailed the plan of redemption laid down by the representatives of Middle Earth. He took salvation into his own hands, and shattered it to pieces. It isn’t unlike how we handle the saving work of Christ. We know the plan he has for his people, yet we say, “Lord, I have another plan.” Again we’re reminded that there is a way that seems right, but the end leads to death.
His choice also led to the misery of all those around him. Not counting their sorrow, the Fellowship would now face untold danger. Merry and Pippin went into the hand of evil orcs, and their story takes many and varied turns throughout the saga. Their lives are forever changed (good and bad) by the acts of Boromir. Frodo and Sam share in this as well, though their paths take them to even more treachery. All told the sin of one lead to the misery of many.
Does Boromir get any redemption? Like Samson, his destruction took him all the way to the bottom of despair, yet there was still hope for him. Samson found redemption in the death of his enemies, as the Lord granted him one last wallop of strength. Boromir took many orcs out with him, and was able to explain to Aragorn what happened. He also passed the torch to Aragorn, the rightful heir of the White City. I think it shows us that there isn’t a sin so great that is outside of God’s forgiveness. We also must remember that in God’s grand plan, He isn’t surprised. God knows your story, inside and out, and he has a plan. Sometimes that plan takes us into our own self-inflicted despair, and sometimes those sins bring many down with us. God’s plan remains nonetheless, and his plan for his people is their salvation.

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