My parents never wanted me to be reading comic books. Other than hearing some classic superhero radio programs and seeing the camp television versions of the 1950’s/60’s, I have had little exposure to them. As a child, my fascination for them ended, after a few failed attempts to fly, leaping off the front porch. These “superheroes” are just pure fantasy!
Even today, young and old would be well advised to make more productive use of time and mind by reading the Bible. Learning, meditating and living in the “law of the Lord” will bring more delight and blessing.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3). “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:103-104).
God’s word reveals the origin of each of us, our purpose in life, the way of fulfillment, true love, genuine peace, and an “after life” that is far greater than we could even imagine or ask. (Ephesians 3:13-21).
Recently we have been told that D.C. And Marvel Comics have each decided to “out” a “super hero”? Insiders say the publishers decided to take characters that have heretofore been unprofitable financially and reveal that they are practicing homosexuals. This they do in hopes of appealing to that particular “lifestyle” and making the characters commercially successful. For decades movie and television producers have been pressured to add “gay” or homosexual characters to their fair to make this sexual perversion more palatable to the public. TV Programs such as “Will & Grace” have been instrumental in promoting these sins as a U.S. Vice-President has noted in glowing appreciation.
Homosexual behavior is sinful and wrong from a number of perspectives. God has shown displeasure with unrepentant practitioners in past dealings such as the cities of the plain (Genesis 18; 19). This sin is among those that brought God’s rejection of the nations (Gentiles).
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…” (Romans 1:26-28).
The nation of Israel was instructed to be different, separate and holy. “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 23:17-18). The New Testament describes these sins as “ungodly…filthy…unlawful deeds” (2 Peter 2:6-8). How could a character be in anyway described as a “hero” that would promote this?
We would never call for ill-treatment of anyone in any sin. God forbids us, but vengeance and judgment are His for those unrepentant of any sin (Romans 12:19-21). We would not condone abuse for this or other chosen sin. We do assert that when certain people “out” or “expose” someone for this sin, it is not to make that person a hero nor to do them service. They are simply using the person to advance their power and/or political agenda. The same can be said of the intentions of D.C. and Marvel Comics. It is not a heroic move for those who practice homosexuality, but for profit-hungry publishers. Laws and popular characters will never force acceptance among those who know better. They won’t force God to accept what He says is sin. Nor will it have this effect on His faithful.
The “rights advocates” promote distinction, division and hate for their own power and gain. True Christians on the other hand will promote true and lasting love, mercy and forgiveness among men. Of necessity, Christians must love by lovingly exposing that which condemns the soul and teach righteous living. HJS