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Sunday, May 19, 2013

In Need of a Christian (Super)hero

I am an avid superhero comic book fan and have been since I was a child. One fact I have always been disappointed about is the lack of positive and strong Christian superheroes. Out of the few I can actually name, Nightcrawler stood out as a devout Catholic. The powers that be were sure to destroy that notion by making him an insecure homophobe in the ultimate universe who was unable to deal with Colossus’ homosexuality. Nice way to destroy a great character, Marvel! I can’t even name a devout Christian or Catholic in the DC universe.

Many people can point out the fact that a superhero who believes in one supreme God would have a hard time existing in a universe filled with lesser gods and men who have the power of gods. I intend to agree. However, I am not advocated for a character in the Marvel of DC continuity proper and this is not really an indictment of either comic book company. Christian comic creators can make their own continuity. What I am talking about is the lack of Christian presence in the industry altogether.

I know there are a number of Christian artists and writers, but there does not seem to be much output. Sure, there are definitely comic books involving Biblical stories and angels as superheroes, but where is the story of the modern day Christian superhero with powers and all. I think a lot of believers have a hard time with the question of where the superheroes could get their powers. When we have an almighty God who controls everything, chance encounters with chemicals or radiation cannot occur without His interference. This is where we get to the crux of the matter, many Christian creators are afraid to speak for God in their stories.

If we are studying His Word as workman, then why should we ever be afraid to speak for God because He has already spoken for Himself in the Word? Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Is there any part of the last passage that does not seem superheroic?

I like to call Acts the superhero book because it contains many awesome powers displayed by believers which, unlike comic book superheroes, are all true. Acts 5:14-16, “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” Even in the Old Testament, men like Samson exhibited supernatural powers given by God. Judges 16:3, “And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.”

We even have a real life enemy, the devil, with an army of devil spirits waiting to destroy us if they could. 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” So, we see that God gives His people power to defeat the devil; then, why is it so uncommon to see stories of Christians doing miraculous deeds. I think this is an area that we, as believers, need to start investing our talents because it could and would open a whole new class of people to the greatness of God’s Word. In addition, Christians could enjoy a comic book with a positive character who shares their outlook on life.