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
Do you like stories and films about revenge? When the main character who has been treated so badly turns the tables and reeks havoc on those responsible? Remember the horror movie “Carrie”? Carrie, who all the kids made fun of, was voted prom queen and her enemies dumped pig’s blood on her as she’s crowned. But then…she, with her powers, locked all the gym doors and burned the place to the ground. Vengeance.
It’s easy to give people what they deserve. It’s easy to go into a rage or spend time coldly planning a vengeful action. Revenge is a thoughtless reaction. What’s much more rewarding is mercy. Mercy is not giving someone what he or she deserves.
There is a classic book by Alexander Dumas called The Count of Monte Cristo. It is the story of a man falsely accused and sentenced, without a trial, to life in prison. The man escapes and he begins a life of revenge. But what makes the story a classic is as he gets his revenge he begins to change and he become merciful to those who hurt him. He realizes it’s only mercy that gives him the peace he desires.
God is a God of mercy. He looks at you and says, “You can’t be perfect. You have done things that are bad. So what do you deserve?” And then…then…he gives you mercy…his love and hope.
Do you or any of us deserve it? No. But then, that’s what mercy is.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 107
Interesting, isn’t it, you might say: “He tried to do good.” That implies that it’s work to do good. He had to try, to toil, to work to get it done. But, when you’re talking about bad, you say: “I didn’t want to do it, it just happened.” No work there. It’s almost as if someone forced it on you.
Well, get this. Divorce is hard enough on the couple and the people involved, but now in Holland a guy has come up with the “divorce hotel.” Yes, I’m serious. For $3000 you check in for the weekend and hash out matters, with the help of a mediator and other professionals. So now, are we making it even easier to end a marriage? The couples stay for a weekend, the results last a lifetime. (Running through my head is the line from “Hotel California”: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.) Oh, the guy’s shopping his idea to hotels in the U.S. And, of course, there’s already interest in a reality TV show based on this concept!
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good…. Jeremiah 29
God wants to do good things in your life. Not because you’re deserving or because you’ve earned it, but rather because you’re NOT deserving and have NOT earned it. He has compassion on you and your situation.That’s God’s mercy and grace. With him, those are not just words…they’re actions.
When you have a relationship with God, you don’t want to do bad, you make an effort not to. When you fail, you ask and receive his forgiveness. Doing good becomes easier. God encourages you to do so. Maybe God’s hotel is one you might want to check into.