Spider Man: Homecoming is in theaters as I write this. In the movie, young Peter Parker returns home to Aunt May in Queens. Peter must balance his "normal" life as a student with learning to use his "Spidy Powers" with Tony Stark, Iron Man, helping him adjust. Music and special effects are said to be top-notch. Everyone's excited to see this movie. (Not me, I confess. I'm not an adventure-movie gal.)
Yes, another Super-Hero movie based on Marvel Comics.
Spider Man was introduced to the world in 1962 through a comic book, the first teenager non-sidekick Super-Hero. Peter Parker, an orphaned teenager who lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in NYC is bitten by a genetically-modified spider. Along with super strength, Peter receives the ability to cling to walls and ceilings. His response: to defend innocent citizens and catch bad guys. Spider Man of the 1960's upholds the law. He has a strong moral compass. The same could be said of Batman, Superman, and the other Super-Heroes that children read about in comics or watched on television.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and we see similarities. Super-Heroes still have amazing powers and they rescue people. Good always triumphed over evil.
There are some differences, though.
In today's culture, the moral compass is skewed. Does anyone know where True North points anymore? Those who hold to a biblical worldview are drowned out by the loud voices of "anything goes--except Christian virtue."
Today, we do have Captain America who seems to have a decent set of morals, yet even he lied on his application when he tried to enlist during World War II.
We also have Iron Man, an arrogant millionaire playboy who exploits women and flaunts his wealth and power. Batman pushes those who love him away. Superman lies to his friends and family to hide his true identity. Bruce Banner is a nice guy who struggles against a terrible temper that turns him into the Hulk. We like Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy even through he lacks a moral compass because we feel sorry for him losing his mom. But hey, do we want our sons and daughters to grow up to be like him? As the super-heroes work through insecurities, angst, and soul-wrenching choices, we cheer them on.
Is it that we see ourselves in them? Do we think that even though we lie, or cheat, or are puffed up with pride, we can still save the day just like our Super-Heroes?
The truth is we need Super-Heroes. We need to see men and women rise up to impossible challenges, to overcome the odds and defeat evil.
Conventional Superman stood for justice, decency, and goodness, but he isn't real. Neither is the flawed Superman of the 21st Century.
There is only one role model who is without flaws and failures. His Name is Jesus Christ. And He did save the world. He is the Perfect Super-Hero. He faced death and gave Himself up to save His enemies. Crazy, I know. Then, He conquered death and rose again to life! How's that for power!
And no, we can't overcome our flaws to save the day. You see, we need a Super-Hero because we are broken and Jesus can change us, heal us, make us new. That's how He saves the world--one flawed person at a time.
In addition, Jesus' followers have done amazing things in His Name for His Glory by His Grace.
In our family, we love to celebrate The Super-Hero, but we also love to celebrate men and women who are heroes of the Christian faith.
Do you want to celebrate our Christian Heroes with a Heroes for Jesus Party? It's easy and fun!
Learn all about it in Celebrate Our Christian Heroes where you can discover how our family celebrates Christian heroes, why our family doesn't celebrate Halloween, and why children and teens need super-heroes. In addition, there are monologues for over 40 Christian heroes with costumes suggestions and game ideas for the Heroes for Jesus Party. Finally, we have to includes autumn recipes to serve during or after the party. Enjoy!
Celebrate Our Christian Heroes is available at Amazon. The E-book is available at PayHIp or Currclick.
God bless you. Remember you are loved by the greatest Super-Hero of All, Jesus Christ!