This just in from Great Britain. Police said a man dressed as the caped crusading crime-fighter Batman marched a 27 year old man into the Trafalgar House Police Station in the early morning hours. The man was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud, as well.
Police said: “The person who brought the man in was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity remains unknown.” Not true, of course. We all know he was Bruce Wayne.
Two questions are running through my mind. One, why do these guys always dress up as Batman? Why not Superman. Or Green Hornet. Or Aquaman. Two, how does Brit Batman differ from American Batman (other than the accent)? Any answers to these two questions, readers?
God may not dress up or wear a cape (I don’t really know, maybe he does sometimes), but he is a crusading crime-fighter and a poverty fighter. And he does stand for justice for all. Let the emphasis be not only on justice but also on for all.
Are you currently in a pickle? Having a hard time? In need of a hero? Please, don’t call on that fake Batman in Britain. Instead, look to the true God, the fighter for those who call on him.
The Lord says: “What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth.” Jeremiah 9
A man in Petoskey, Michigan, has been charged with obstructing the police while dressed as Batman. I’m serious. He has pleaded not guilty.
The 33 year old was arrested by state troopers because he wouldn’t leave them alone while they searched for a driver who had fled an accident. The specific charge was for “resisting and obstructing police in an investigation.”
The fake Batman said he had good intentions.
OK. Maybe that’s not such a good idea, but he was trying to help fight crime. We’ve all done something that might fall under the category of poor choice or bad behavior.
Here’s a fact: God may not be pleased with all your behaviors, but He is pleased and delighted with you! Remember when Mom said, “I love you, (insert your name here), but I don’t like it when you pull (insert your brother’s or sister’s name here) hair.” That’s what Mom meant. She’s wasn’t pleased with how you acted, but she still loved you.
There’re those days when your actions are not the best ones. Your intentions, like Batman, may be good. Just know God may not be pleased with your conduct, but he still loves you. If you’re willing, he’s willing to help you change the way you act.
He (God) led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. Psalm 18
The Summer of ’12 was the summer of superheroes: Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor in “The Avengers,” Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spiderman.” Each of these characters looked “bulked up” for their latest comeback.
In a study at the University of Buffalo participants were asked to rate how much they liked and/or were familiar with Batman or Spiderman. Then they were shown a photo of either a scrawny or buff-looking Batman/Spiderman and asked to rate their mood, self-esteem, and body esteem.
Participants who had a strong bond with the superheroes and were shown the muscular pictures recorded higher body esteem. When given a test to access physical strength, this group actually registered more strength!!!
Bonding with a superhero can make you stronger!!!
I think there’s validity to this study. Media figures do have psychological effects on people. People form real bonds with them. And, if this is true, aren’t you wondering what bonding with Jesus could do for you?!! Yeah! Bonding with Jesus!
A superhero possesses extraordinary or superhuman powers dedicated to protecting the public. Oh yeah! I’m seeing Jesus as a superhero. Aren’t healing people, raising a few from the dead, and coming back to life superhuman powers? Jesus is dedicated to rescuing anyone who is willing from a life of dread and offers an afterlife. Oh yeah! Bonding with Jesus! Build your self-esteem! Find help!
You may be way into Batman and Spiderman and Ironman. That’s great! Do so. But, think about bonding with another superhero who can help change your life…Jesus.
(Jesus speaking) If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. Matthew 10
What’s the first thing you think when you see the above picture? Maybe you think about the Vincent van Gogh painting “Starry Night”? Perhaps, you’re into comics and graphic novels and the first thing you see is Batman being signaled. Then, if you’re a music freak, you might be thinking of Don McLean’s song about Van Gogh, “Starry, Starry Night.” Then again, you might be thinking: I HATE ART! It all depends on your perception of your life experiences. Some perceptions are things we’ve grasped ourselves, some come from what others have told us or exposed us to.
When you hear the word church, what’s the first thing you think? Did that thought come from your past experiences? Did it come from how you were brought up? Did it come from an experience at one church? Could it be that your connections to this word have been negative? Perceptions can be changed, redefined. Especially, if they have been based on the influence of others. They can be changed by becoming aware of what YOU think and what YOU experience.
Church and all the baggage that goes with that word. Good thoughts? Not so good? Bad? As you reflect on your day…could your perceptions of church be…redefined?
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14