The Avengers Movie may turn out to be the biggest blockbuster sensation in the history of movies, after just raking in over 1 billion worldwide after its second weekend in the U.S.
This is a fictional movie about Marvel Super Heroes created by the famous Stan Lee with the aid of other creative talents. Samuel Jackson plays the character Colonel Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., who gathers together earths greatest super heroes to save the world from the ominous threat of the Evil Loki, of Asgard, brother of Thor, who has amassed an alien army from a distant part of the universe to conquer earth. Audiences worldwide have cheered for the Avengers — an exciting team of super heroes put together to save us all and prevent earth’s destruction. But alas, they are only pretend heroes, they are not for real.
Some of the greatest names of world history include Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Atilla the Hun, Napoleon, etc. Sadly, these great men, though considered as heroes by many in their day, were usually egotistical and ruthless monarchs with little compassion people.
Where have all our American heroes gone? Throughout American History, we have had many heroes like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone,, Lewis and Clark, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, the Great Generals of WW2, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. But in recent decades people have either forgotten about these old heroes or have found reasons to criticize them. People are not only losing faith in their personal heroes, but also in our American institutions — in Government, Religion and Business.
America was very patriotic up to World War II. Comic book super heroes were depicted as supporting the patriotic fervor of World War 2, with superman, Captain America and other heroes. Many of these fictional heroes were depicted as battling Hitler and the Nazis.
The decline in patriotism is reflected in recent Hollywood movies. SUPERMAN’S motto, “Truth, justice and the American way,” was rewritten in the 2006 “Superman Returns” movie to “Truth, justice and . . . all that stuff.”
At one point in the 2012 Avengers movie, Captain America is shown his upgraded uniform and is a little surprised to see the Stars and Stripes still adorning the costume. Turning to Nick Fury, he says almost sadly, “Aren’t the Stars and Stripes a little old fashioned?” Fury replies, “A little old fashion might be just what we need.”
The only real and solid faith we can enjoy is in the ultimate hero, God Himself. Psa 28:7 (NASV) says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.”
With no new real American heroes to place our hope in, people continue to enjoy the pretend heroes of the movies. But is the idea of super heroes really just pretend? Well not really. The Bible is full of super heroes. Samson had the strength to lift the city gates off of its hinges and to push down the supporting pillars of a great temple. Moses brought horrible plagues on the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea for the Hebrews. Elijah called down fire from heaven to destroy his enemies. Of course none of these Bible characters had their own powers, except as God provided it on their behalf and for His people.
Are the days of these Bible super heroes gone forever? Or will real super heroes rise up and save us someday soon? Absolutely yes!
During the Gospel Age, since Pentecost, God has been pulling together a team of super heroes. He has been helping them to develop super spiritual powers, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These super spiritual powers are called the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22, 23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.” The training and development of the Christlike characters of these New Creatures is nearly complete. They have been hand picked and prepared since Pentecost to be Christ’s body members, and under His command to be earth’s future judges, priests and kings.
These heroes will be soon led by their leader, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, to save mankind. All mankind has been waiting for them since the fall of Adam.
Romans 8 (NASV) “19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God… 21 the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God”
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