My wife is planning on taking me out tonight to celebrate my birthday (last Monday), probably dinner and a movie. I think we’ll go see the latest comic book adaptation, The Avengers, since I’ve been a superhero fan since I learned to walk.
Maybe I should rephrase that, I’ve wanted to be a superhero since I learned to walk, specifically Superman—the greatest superhero ever. Yes, I’m talking to you Batman lovers. Superman is sooo much better!
However, I have to say being a child of God trumps being a superhero any day, and here are 8 reasons why:
1. Secret Identities
Superheroes are always worried someone will find out who they really are. Christians are encouraged to be unashamed of who they are, in fact Jesus says, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26
Superheroes spend the majority of their time battling villains and criminals, and much like that Christians are in perpetual battle, but it’s much more serious: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
Some superheroes have the advantage of being bulletproof, but others have to wear armor. We have the greatest armor of all because like David and Saul we get to wear the King’s armor. [God] put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head . . . Therefore put on the full armor of God . . . Isaiah 59:17 and Ephesians 6:13-17
You wouldn’t be much of a superhero without super powers (sorry Batman fans), and while there are a lot of amazing supernatural things God does through Christians, perhaps the most amazing thing God does with Christians is make them His children: “to as many as receive Him and believe on His name, to them He gives the power to become the sons of God” John 1:12
Every superhero has a weakness that limits their ability to save people, which the villains exploit to no end. And Christians all have weaknesses that our enemy exploits to no end as well, but unlike superheroes, we don’t rely on ourselves. “God’s grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:10
6. Saving the Day
Superheroes run around all day long trying to save people with their own power, but Christians start out getting saved and then introduce others to the One and only Savior. “[All we do is plant the see and maybe water it], but God makes it grow. “ 1 Corinthians 3:6
Anytime a superhero bites the big one in the comics, he or she is bound to be resurrected within a couple of years. Even the invulnerable Superman has had his fair share of funerals and surprise returns. But Christians have an incredible promise that our dying bodies [will] be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies [will] be transformed into immortal bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:53
Finally, superheroes are the product of some very creative people’s imagination. Whereas Christians are the product of the Creator, Almighty God, who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” If creative people can imagine superheroes, just take a moment to wonder what God can think up for us. “To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21