Thursday’s Thoughts: What’s the Deal With Superheroes?

Posted: May 2, 2013 by jperritt in Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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iron_man_3_official-wideIron Man 3 opens in the US tomorrow, but it has already made $195.3 million dollars overseas. (In other news, some celebrities have chosen to live off of $1.50 a day to raise awareness for world poverty.) It’s not like we need these recent box office figures to tell us that super heroes are a big deal. For starters, IM3 is the third film in the franchise, telling us that it has been successful. Secondly, the theaters will be graced with many other super heroes this summer: Superman, Wolverine, Kick-#$@ 2, & Jay Gatsby, just to name a few. So why exactly do we continue to dish out the big bucks for these heroes?

Superheroes Are Cool

There’s no doubt that superheroes are fun. It’s probably safe to say that we’ve dreamed of being a superhero at some point in our life. Whether it was on the playground at recess or taking our favorite blanket and jumping around in our room, we love to save someone in danger. Let’s face it, superheroes come off looking pretty cool because of all the saving and all the awesome feats they can perform. Which leads me to my next reason.

Superpowers Are Cool

If you could pick one superpower, what would it be? Flying? Laser Beams? Invisibility? There are many cool powers to pick from and we could get into nerd debates over which is the best, but the various powers bestowed upon these various heroes are pretty cool. Thor has super-strength with a flying hammer, Hulk is even stronger and turns green, Captain America can…throw a shield, and Tony Stark is super-smart leading him to build a super-suit.

Being Super-flawed Isn’t Cool

These are a couple of reasons why superheroes are so cool, but I don’t think they are solely what resonates with us. I think superheroes strike such a chord with us, because we are super-flawed. I think the coolness lies in the contrast of who mankind is because of the fall. Ever since we sinned against God, our bodies are now wasting away. They can’t move faster than a speeding bullet, they can’t leap over a building in a single bound. Truth be told our bodies are achy. The older we get we make more statements like, “I used to be able to do this” or “My back hurts.” Whatever the ailment, our bodies are vulnerable to more than kryptonite.

You see, it’s our deep flaws that illustrate the deep need we have for a Hero. Not only are our bodies, literally turning to dust; they are just a glimpse as to what is taking place in our hearts. Our hearts are dark and we are in desperate need of saving. We judge others, we gossip, we lie, we think sinful thoughts, we don’t serve others like we should, we don’t love others like we should, we think of self first, we don’t give God the worship he deserves, we hoard, we cheat, we still, we curse, the list goes on and on, but it illustrates the fact that we sincerely need a super Hero. Listen to Paul in Colossians 1:

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Enjoy the superheroes you see this summer at the local cineplex, but remember they are but a tiny glimpse of the True Hero, Jesus Christ.


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