05 April 2016

Superman versus Batman – Claims versus Assignations

Greetings Dear Reader,

One of the things about God is that he claims to be God.  Each time he arrives or sends his messenger he is not trying to prove who he is.  He is who he is.  He wishes to be accepted for his character not his power. 

SPOILERS FOLLOW:

In Batman v Superman it is the humans who talk about Superman being a god.  He never claims to be one.  When aliens invade earth bent on destroying we are grateful and then in hindsight blame him for the collateral damage.  What is it about us we blame our saviours for the problem of evil?

We put our heroes on a pedestal then judgment and fear cause us to tear them down.  We sees the flaws in those who serve us and forget the debt of gratitude we owe.   Evil men use that flaw to further malevolent purposes by dividing loyalties to cloud the real problem.  We accept our heroes until they call on us to do what is right.

Even factions within the church try to “use” Christ for their own purposes.  They weight the simplicity of the Gospel with their own flavor of control that devours the spirit of followers.  Superman never claims to be a god.  He never puts conditions on his care of others.  He never forces others to accept him.  He does not even abandon us to our fate.  He risks all to save us.

Christ does not force us to accept who he is.  He asks us to do so.  He asks us to follow in faith.  He asks us see the way out of our fate.  He gives everything to save us and yes he does claim to be God. 

I have written before about why I believe this.  In a culture where Christ and his followers are increasingly marginalized I see increasing evidence that he is truth, redemption, and life.  I see people abandon and malign him because he does not act in the way others think he should.  Perhaps, like the apostles, we flee in fear of sharing his fate.  Perhaps we have forgotten that following Christ is to die to self.  For now I have a cross to carry; not as a martyr or hero, but as a faithful, obedient, follower.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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