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In a world that is so overwhelmed with evil and corruption, I am sure many of us wish that we were living in a fictional world where literal superheroes existed.
How great would it be if we could call on a superhero to come and fix all of our problems?
Unfortunately, we are unlikely to see a literal superhero fly in and save the day by defeating the villains of our story. But that does not mean that heroes do not exist in our world today.
One of the reasons that the biblical stories appeal to me so much is because they remind me that ordinary people can be heroes too. They might not look like the superheroes that we have come to know and love in movies and books, but they live heroic lives of honour and valour.
Every time that a person assists a widow, or stands up for a person's rights, or helps alleviate poverty and hunger, or brings a criminal to justice, I believe that heroism is taking place.
As much as there are people bringing destruction and corruption into the world, there are just as many people doing good and fighting for healthy, lasting change. This gives me hope for the future and reminds me that there are modern-day heroes in this crazy world that we currently find ourselves in.
And if you are still yearning for a supernatural superhero character, I am reminded of a song we used to sing in Sunday School: "Jesus You're my Superhero."
Christ is the superhero character in our story. God will restore humanity and the world to its original pure and perfect purpose. The work has already begun. And the exciting news is that we have been invited to partake in bringing God's plan into being by bringing wholeness, peace and justice to all.
We should both acknowledge and become everyday heroes who are working to restore the world and humanity to God's original purpose.
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."- Micah 6:7-8