08 April 2016

Superman versus Batman – Closing Thoughts

Greetings Dear Reader,

We deconstruct our heroes.   We create antiheroes and make them our heroes.  In the golden age of comics both Superman and Batman were fighting against the darkness.  Eventually they did so together. 

I have always said that out literature is the best record of our culture and values.  There was a time when it was unthinkable for Batman to kill anyone.  Superman was accepted in his power because he was honest, good, and humble. 

When we start by peeling away the goodness of our fictional heroes we guarantee that their flaws will turn them into monsters.  We assure that we are devoid examples to draw out the better in us; the hero in us.

Systematically our culture seeks to deconstruct Christ in the same way.  Through the failures of Christ followers to live as an example and the erosion of the influence of Christ over culture in general we have seen even basic respect for him wear away.  We divide over social issues that are solvable if they are not politicized.  We fail to love at a level that is unconditional and disarming. 

As a true idealist I believe that we can be heroes.   I believe that Christ is who he claimed to be and that his followers can make the world a better place.  The problem is that we are not willing to risk all to do it.  We don’t believe in the no win scenario but we do not live like it.  Our faith and love do not crush the barriers erected to it. 

We seek for hope in drawn heroes when the only hope we have is in Jesus.  Those who follow Christ must be willing to live that hope; be that hero at any cost.  We must show a world truth, justice, and the Way.  We must do so in love and humility.  We must make everything else secondary to this.   

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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