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The Ultimate Super Hero

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Have you ever watched an action movie, let’s pick a Marvel Universe movie, for example, and saw the damage caused by a fight against the good guys and bad guys and thought, who’s going to pay for that? Did you hear the distant dinging sound of an old-school cash register appraising all the damages? I know I’m weird like that, but that is where I go when I watch action movies.


But later you forget about it because the good guys are doing their thing and you’re so distracted by the fight and caught up in the cause of good trumping evil that you’ve compartmentalized it. Why did you compartmentalize it? Was the damage and destruction justified because the good guys won and saved the world from the bad guys?


I still have a challenging time coping with the violence of the Old Testament. It makes me cringe and leaves me with so many questions. God gave instructions to kill whole cities and races of people including women and children. And then in the New Testament, I see a very different God, a God of mercy. He allowed violence to take place in order for his will to be done. I know that without sin, this would have gone a different way, but the bottom line is that he allowed violence to take place to accomplish a greater mission, to bring redemption and healing to his people, to draw them closer to himself.


“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV


That’s what I’m supposed to remember during this time. And maybe I’m less spiritual than other people of faith, but that doesn’t comfort me. What am I supposed to do with that? Sit with it and turn my red, raw cheeks left and right until they are pulp? Or perhaps wait and endure another 400+ years of bondage? I don’t think I can do that. I don’t think most people can do that. So we’re at a crossroads.


As alluded to in the first paragraph, I’m no proponent of vandalism and violence. It makes me sob to think that this could be part of God’s plan. That he would allow THIS time and time again. But what if, just like in the Old Testament, he is allowing this violence and these injustices in order to swoop in and be Christ, the redeemer; the rescuer; the ultimate superhero. What if he wants to set the record straight about how he feels about his people. What if in spite of the deeds of those evil spirits we’re fighting operating in the lives of compliant people, he comes in and somehow makes it right. Then that must mean even though I read that the number one cause of death for African American males is getting shot by the police and grieve over the


ugly disproportionate statistics of mass incarceration and I see the vandalism, and violent protests on TV that the story isn’t over. Maybe I’m only on Season 6 episode 5 of a show that only the creator knows how many seasons it will take to be complete. With my currently fragile faith and volatile spirit, that’s what I’m trying to hold on to. I know there’s got to be something more that I can do to be a catalyst for change. I want to do something more. But for now, I think I’ll just hit play while pausing multiple times when the content gets too heavy to take a moment to cry, to breathe deeply, to sigh, to yell, to use profanity, to write, to talk, to meditate and to pray.




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