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Captain America VS Iron Man

I don’t like Batman or Iron Man.

There. I said it.

I like Superman and Captain America.

Why? Not because of their powers. Powers in the comic book realm are a dime a dozen.

I like Cap and Superman because of their character. They attempt to do what is right.

One of my favorite scenes in any comic book movie is when the Avengers are heading into battle and Iron Man says a curse word. Captain America says, “Language.” Then the rest of the movie is spent making fun of Cap for trying to hold this higher morality. I like what Captain America attempted to do – to insert a morality check.

Even the innocence of Superman is being tampered with in the new DC movies where Superman is living with with Lois. Maybe I like the Captain America and Superman of the days before the 2000s when they were much more innocent and benevolent.

Maybe I’m naive concerning these two characters, but I know many who celebrate the Bat and Iron Man. They love the normal guy being able to keep up with the super humans. But they also celebrate the edginess of these characters. They see the flaws within them, and it causes people to love them more. Batman is a murderer and a philanderer. Iron Man is an egotist and a playboy. Both super heroes have little moral character associated with their super human abilities.

Why is this a big deal? They’re just movies and comic books, aren’t they?

The celebration of the anti-hero like Batman or Suicide Squad or the Punisher or Jessica Jones is a symbol of the greater desire in society today to celebrate evil as good. The old idiom says, “a broken clock is right twice a day.” But it is still broken and in need of fixing. So it is with these “heroes” who live ungodly, immoral lifestyles but happen to save a few people who are portrayed as worth saving.

It is entertaining to see the hero win. It is fun to see the mind games played on the big screen and have problems solved before the credits roll, but this celebration of evil called good is creating a divergence from morality in our society.

It is appropriate for people to be concerned about video games that glorify murder and rape and other immoral behaviors. It is right for people to stand against injustice. But it is hard to combat the shift in our minds that has blurred the line between right and wrong, good and evil.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

When we celebrate the things that the scriptures say are abominations, sinful, malevolent, or divisive, we add to the demoralization of our communities. We feed money to the machine that is spitting out this ungodly, immoral entertainment, and we wonder why this is all that is being presented. We laugh right alongside our neighbor as someone else is devalued for a joke. We pick and poke and prod as we try to elevate ourselves in the eyes of others. We are more concerned about what others think – fitting in with others – than what God, our Father who created us and sustains us, thinks.

And we wonder why there are school shootings. We are confused why children are rebellious and rude.

To find the answer to these problems, we must begin to look inward and see what we celebrate by our actions and words, by our very lives. For those who come after us are watching us and being molded by us and are emulating us.

Even in the church this struggle pervades. Many want to receive salvation through Christ AND keep their lives celebrating immorality and selfishness. If we want to change the world, we must begin by changing ourselves, especially those of us within the church that belongs to Christ.


On My Own Schedule


I bought a new game for my iPad. I know, I’m a grown man and shouldn’t be playing video games, but I am a big fan of the Lego games. So, when I saw that Lego Batman 2 was on the iPad I purchased it as a bit of escapism therapy.

Now, I play video games every once in a while, but my son wants to play them every day, and ever since I got the game he’s wanted to play it. After I played through the first time I decided it was time to let him begin his journey through the game. I let him play for a little while for the first couple of days, but the other day the first thing he asked for when he woke up was to play this game.

We had a lot to get done that day and much running around to do, so I told him he’d get to play, but not right now. Well, that answer wasn’t good enough for him. He kept asking me every five minutes if he could play the game. Throughout the day he talked about the game and reminded me of the fact that I had told him he’d get to play that day.

It got really annoying.

I reminded him that I wouldn’t forget. I gave him my word, but no matter my attempt to convince him that he could trust me he kept on nagging me about the game. Then it dawned on me; I do that with God.

We are called to be persistent and bold in our prayers (Luke 11), but we are also promised that whatever we ask for in Jesus’ name we will receive (John 14:13-14). Azariah wanted to play the game on his time and his terms. I knew that wouldn’t be best for him for several reasons, but he couldn’t comprehend that.

When I pray, do I trust that God will answer my prayers? I know many people that get frustrated with God because He didn’t answer their prayers on their time schedule and in their way. When we have those attitudes toward our Creator they reek of arrogance.

The bible says that God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25). If He is so much wiser than we are, then can we not trust Him to take care of us? Can we not trust Him to answer our prayers according to His promise?

Yes we can. Thanks be to God for His trustworthiness and the fulfillment of His promises. Thanks be to God for the answers to our prayers. May we learn to see those answers through His eyes that we may see the blessing in whatever way He deems as the right way to fulfill our requests. There is peace in that perspective.

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