There are many times I feel like an ent as a Christian in 21st-century America. Although we have met some rather active trees before, the ents come onto the scene in The Two Towers. Treebeard is ancient, and he has a certain way that he lives his life. He knows what is right and wrong, and he has seen the world go up and down.
This somewhat parallels our Christian faith in my opinion. The church has been around for approximately 2000 years, and we’re still going strong. We’re not going strong because of our own efforts, but we we’re built on a foundation that will not fail. As long as God is still working, people are going to respond, and since I don’t think God is ever in the business of not working, it really is no surprise that despite the vicissitudes of our world, the church still continues.
However, we don’t always feel at home in this world we find ourselves in. Treebeard did not find himself overly comfortable in the world of Middle Earth either.
“I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays.”
This is not to say that he could not find shared causes with different people. For example, he clearly hated orcs which would put him on common ground with just about any other race of Middle Earth. He was willing to go to war and fight Saruman which again put him on the common ground with Rohan.
His support was not a broadbrush approval of anyone else though. He would work together with people when they agreed, but he was not 100% sold out to binding with anyone beyond his own race.
Christians are somewhat similar. We can work together with all kinds of people to do all kinds of great things. If we are going out to feed the hungry, I would work beside anyone else whether or not they are Christian. We can work together to fight bad things like starvation.
At the same time, I am not going to automatically vow to ally myself with anyone who is not a Christian because any other worldview has the potential to come into conflict with my Christian values. As a result, I do not want to get myself into a situation where I have to either break my word or compromise my Christian convictions. It is smart to avoid those types of situations, so we end up acting like the ents. We work together as much as possible and whenever we can, but we are cautious about rubberstamping approval simply for the sake of approving.
This strategy paid off for the ents however. The entwives thought that they had find a better life away from the forest and started to affiliate with lesser trees. They went away from what they knew, and they originally built beautiful gardens.
“Yet here we still are, while all the gardens of the Entwives are wasted: Men call them the Brown Lands now.”
This gives me hope. There are many who are going to run away from the Christian faith. We see it in our world today all the time as people decide to pursue other worldviews. Unfortunately, I think those worldviews are going to essentially become the Brown Lands of our world. They might look good for a while, but ultimately, they do not have their roots firmly planted. Sticking with the truth, as the ents did, results in strength that will hold on even one time to get dark. That is what we want.
 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), 472, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., 476.