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Nick Chopper was a real, live lumberjack with an intention to marry his sweetheart, Nimmie. Nimmie, however, is a servant of the wicked Witch. The witch gets wind of this plan, and, as witches are, can’t fathom the thought of losing a servant. To keep her around, the witch enchants Nicks’s axe, causing it to chop off all of Nick’s limbs. Somehow still alive, Nick is rebuilt with tin prosthetic limbs with the help of his friend Ku-Klip. Nick, now known as Tin Woodman (or as many know him, The Tin Man), is now made of all Tin except his heart. Once his friend makes him a heart of tin, he is no longer able to love Nimmie.
In a way, I am the tin man. On previous social media accounts, I’d post articles about both politics and religion, expressing my outrage. When I “came out” as an outraged political progressive in 2010-ish, I immediately lost several contacts on facebook, and also had to remove contacts for my emotional safety. I learned my lesson quickly, and I covered my limbs with tin armour. When I left facebook for a year and came back, I decided to not speak about or react to politics on social media unless it was something I was actively involved in changing. I chose to not keep up with the news because of my sensitive nature, and because I have the luxury not to. My tin armour was finally finished, and it glinted in the sun.
I am part of the problem. Here is my tin heart.
Now, exposed with all my faults, I believe that God can fill the gaps where I am still a jerk. May God oil my Tin Man heart and melt it back into flesh.
If you feel like I do, I encourage you to pray or meditate on these words, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” I’m not sure how a secular version of this might read, but you can absolutely send out your hope for understanding and positive energy into the world.
When Tin Woodman joins his rag-tag team, they do eventually see the Wizard, defeat the witch, and Tin Woodman is rewarded with a new heart – a silk heart stuffed with sawdust. In the receiving of a heart, we readers see that Tin Woodman had a heart the whole time – even if it was cold and hard. May Christ soften this heart of Tin.
Here are some things you can do:
-Check out Campaign Zero to understand part of the problem.