“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21
In all the superhero stories, there is a fine line that is very difficult for the hero to walk. On the one hand, the hero is called to fight for justice and goodness. On the other hand, a fight is a fight. Villains are not vanquished with good manners. In the fight itself, it can be difficult to discern the difference between the two. Both are fighting, and the fighting is violent and difficult.
Superheroes are born to fight. It is their purpose. But they lose their way when they can no longer distinguish their behaviors and motives from the bad guys. Their goodness is found in the purpose for which they fight. The true superheroes fight for freedom.
The struggle is the same for us. Faith superheroes also need to fight for the right things, and the right reasons. God does not call us to “get our way.” We are not called to achieve what the world values. The Marvel villains inevitably seek to control the world. Their motive is a tyranny where all must bow to their will. The superhero risks his life so that people can make their own choices. The superhero fights for freedom.
We are attracted to Marvel superhero stories because in the deep recesses of our heart we long to follow the ultimate faith superhero – Jesus. The Bible tells us “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Our freedom was purchased with his life. On the other hand, Satan is a tyrant, seeking to bend all to his will. What he calls freedom is slavery. Jesus calls us to true freedom, the freedom to serve others as faith superheroes. A cause worth fighting for.