Tags

, , , , , , ,

My husband and I watched Avengers with our teenage son the other day. Truly, my favorite part of the movie was when Loki, the evil demigod dude says: Enough! All of you are beneath me. I am a god, you dull creature and I shall not be bullied…”

Then the Incredible Hulk picks up Loki and smashes him into the floor like a rag doll and says, “Puny god.” I leapt out of my seat, whooped, and spilled Coke Zero all over the guy in front of me.

Funny that my hero in this film was the guy with extreme anger management issues who explodes in rage, becomes this monstrous green guy, and beats the crap out of the bad guys like nothing you’ve ever seen. I loved this!

Why? Because of the the universal message that we don’t have to take crap all of the time. That thought makes me happy.

Bad guys are everywhere, even bad guys, who in the name of religion, hurt good guys. I’ve seen it again and again. I’ve also seen Christians with true hearts for God, again and again, back down and get trampled on. I’m tired of it.

Power, strength, and wisdom are the stuff of superheroes. In the Avengers, superheroes with special powers are brought together in an attempt to save the world. The evil Loki tried to divide the good guys because he was smart enough to understand that divided, heroes are weakened.

Did our one true God, the Creator of the universe, give all the power and strength to bad guys? Oh come on! I don’t think so. I think we have our own supply of ammo. Why don’t we use it? I love these words from the Lord’s prayers: “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.” (yours = God’s).

This kingdom, the power and the glory belongs to God and to the good guys. Let us not be divided. Let’s use our gifts and talents and call upon the power, strength, and wisdom from God to really win battles.

And sometimes, whether it seems wrong or not, I believe we have to get angry and beat the crap out of the bad guys. But we must do it wisely. Even Christ got angry and pulled out the whips and chains. I’m not advocating anger and vengeance. I’m just thinking about this theme. I’m thinking that sometimes we need to unleash our anger, and with the power and strength of God with us, we need to stand for what is right and really smash the bad guys to smithereens.

Who are your bad guys? What evil threatens to destroy you and your loved ones? Maybe you need to get angry and call upon the power of God to truly fight the battle.