Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spiritual Superman and the Death of Print Media

I was watching Smallville last night and it was an episode that featured Aquaman, but before he was "Aquaman." Last season had one with a teenage Flash as well and, of course, the teenage Superman" worked with them to solve some problem. Even through in a JLA joke.) It got me thinking, since I always wanted superpowers and wanted to be a superhero, about what powers I have. I don't have any super powers, but maybe I have spiritual powers. Then I thought that I have the Holy Spirit in me and He has all the Power. Why should I ask for more. In Smallville, Clark goes around solving problems and saving people everyday. He does it without claiming the glory (because he's trying to protect his secret since he doesn't have the alterego of Superman to receive it yet) and rather give his own life than that of his friends. He even tries to save the lives of those fighting against him. (He doesn't always succeed.) Even when he loses his abilities, (which happens often) he still tries to save people and is willing to put himself to harm in order to save others. I think it's that mindset and lifestyle that make him a superhero. That he would lose the girlfriend to save the life of an enemy really speaks of his character. Of course, there are things that he does that soil his image in my head of someone who's good and pure, but for the most part, he does a good job. It makes me think about my life. Am I living as a superhero? I'm not out there catching cars and disarming nuclear missiles in space, but I am in church teaching kids about who Jesus is. And kids are getting saved. My special abilities may not go beyond explaining the Bible, but that's enough. Lives are being saved, and not the temporary physical ones, but the permanent spiritual ones. My life isn't completely self-less... or even mostly, but I do want to live that way. I do want to live each moment for others and not complain about it. I do want to regard my own life and desires as unimportant and disposable when there is an oppurtunity to help someone. I want to be able to develop a sense of urgency to help someone who's suffering. The Gospel gives spiritual life to the spiritual dead. The Word of God heals those who are spiritually weak, and the teaching of it opens the eyes of the spiritually blind. I can do, and have done these things. (not me, but the Lord through me.) I am, and we all are that minister the Gospel, Spiritual Superheros without the capes and fancy suits because we don't want to get the glory. That glory goes to Jesus, the real superman. The real God on earth. And He lives in us. The phyiscal powers I dream about (both asleep and awake) are just shadowy manifestations of the spiritual powers I already posess. If God is with us, who can be against us, right? So I stand by my Savior and proclaim His words. They are my powers. My greatest ability, if I can exercise it, is to stay obedient.

On a different note of the same chord, the show has characters that come and go as the show matures. Some charcters are one episode only people who end up dying or moving away by the end of the hour, and there are some characters that have been there the entire time. Clark, his parent's, Lana, Chloe, Lex... And some come in later, but there are some characters that weren't there at the beginning. They come in a couple of seasons later and become a major part of the cast. That's the way I feel at my new church. I wasn't here at the beginning, but at the beginning of the current season, I became a reoccuring character that has regular appearances. It's like being grafted into the family.

Okay, about the death of print media. I was thinking that Magazines and Newspapers are becoming obsolete and my previous desire of producing one or both is slowly waning. Everything is online and I would love to do more online, but lack the technical motivation to learn how to carry out my ideas. Blogging is a good start, and to be honest, I don't know how to make it better. I'll be thinking about it.

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