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By Pastor Stacy Williams
posted April 2, 2009
RELIGION – I took an online personality
test last week. However, this one was a little different than some I
have taken before. This one asks a series of personality questions and
then tells you which superhero you are most like. I was not surprised
when my result was Batman.
I have always loved the superhero who dresses in black body-armor. I
have always liked him because he is a regular guy. Superman is an
alien, Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider and many others
gained their superpowers by odd things happening to them. Bruce Wayne
(Batman) was driven to obliterate crime by the desire to avenge his
I can relate to that. Who hasn’t wanted to get back at someone who has
wronged you? I believe the desire to lash out when threatened is a very
human emotion. However, some people would rather their superhero be
someone from another planet or some mutant who does good. There are
many different ones, because there are many different types of people
who read about them and love them.
Last week, at a school for special needs children in Bangkok, Thailand,
an autistic boy who was scared of attending his first day of school
climbed onto the ledge of the third floor, and refused to come inside.
The eight-year-old did not respond to his teachers or even his mother’s
beckoning to come back inside.
The fire department was called, but their efforts to bring the child
down from the ledge were unsuccessful. Everyone was afraid to approach
the boy, out of fear that he may jump or fall. Finally, for some
reason, his mother mentioned his love for superheroes. One of the
firemen, Sonchai Yoosabai, decided to try something unconventional.
The fireman raced back to the station and quickly changed into his
Spiderman costume. The fireman often dresses up as either Spiderman, or
Ultraman, who is a Japanese superhero, to liven up school fire drills.
He returned to the school in his Spiderman costume, and told the boy,
“Spiderman is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you.
Walk slowly towards me because running could be dangerous.” Police said
the young boy immediately stood up and walked into his rescuer's arms.
We as Christians understand that we are to be “In the world, but not of
it.” We cannot have an air of superiority, or as the Bible says, be
“puffed up”, just because we have Christ in our lives and others do
not. We have to be relative to the rest of the world, or the world will
never be able to relate to us.
Jesus was a master of this. He was able to speak to the poorest outcast
in all of Judea, stand with a Centurion to discuss his servant’s well
being, discuss spiritual matters with the Sanhedrin, or speak before
Herod and Pilate with the authority of Heaven. Wherever Jesus went, He
became like the people there, so they could relate, trust, and believe
We are called to do no less. If it takes putting on a Spiderman costume
to rescue those who are without Christ, then that is what we need to
do. A missionary would never go to an area without learning about the
people there, and trying to become like them in order to gain their
trust in hopes of being able to lead them to Jesus.
Likewise, we are in the middle of a mission field and we must do
whatever we can to become relevant to those around us, without losing
our witness. We are called not to be conformed to the ways of the world
we’re in, but to be transformed by God. (Romans 12:2) Even Paul
understood that in his journeys he might need to adapt to his
surroundings in order for the Gospel to be preached and received.
Maybe you won’t have to become a superhero in order to tell someone
about Jesus, but you may have to do something different or out of your
“comfort zone”, in order to reach them. This week, pray and ask God to
show how to relate better to those around you, so you can help point
them to the greatest “superhero” of them all. May God richly bless your
life this week!
I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to
win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the
Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I
myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To
those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I
am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win
those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I
have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might
save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share
in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV)
All are welcome join us for worship at Edgefield First Baptist Sunday
mornings at 11 AM and every second Sunday of the month at 6 PM, for our
casual contemporary service that we call CAPTIVATE. For more
information call us at 803-637-6139 or visit our website where you will
find weekly activities, church information, or even listen to sermons
online. Our web address is www.edgefieldfirstbaptist.org
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