The Rise of the Superhero

There’s a strange phenomenon occurring in the world today that I’ve dubbed “superhuman fever.” It seems like everyone loves a good superhero. I know I do. Nerds have started to become cool and comic books have become equally popular. Hollywood has really taken notice and started poppin’ out superhero movies like candy from a vending machine. With The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Dark Knight Rises all coming out just this summer and another Superman movie coming soon, fascination with the fictional superhuman has risen to what I’m assuming is an all-time high. I can’t know for sure because I have done incredibly little research on the subject.  But unless you have been on media blackout (which you obviously haven’t been if you’re reading this post) it’s apparent that pop culture is being overtaken by men in capes. I think this phenomenon is due to the world realizing that it has a serious need. Especially in the last few months, it has become clear that we humans are a danger to ourselves. Since the consumption of the forbidden fruit, humankind has been in need of a savior. It has taken us until now to realize that our need is far outside mere human ability – hence the superhuman. Someone once told me that, “Movies understand what we need, but not where to get it.” Hollywood understands that our problem is outside of human care, but they haven’t quite hit the spot on the solution. Jesus is the only solution. The world is filled with sin beyond repair. We have turned away from the God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. The cross is the only thing that can bridge the gap between this terminal world  and the perfect God who loves it. Our savior doesn’t wear spandex and a cape. Although, who am I to know what He’s doing up in heaven?

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