Super Powers

March 5, 2008

   I’m off to my phone booth

 Two things I like:  Movies and TV shows filmed from different angles and viewpoints (Vantage Point & Crash) and movies and shows about men and women who have travelled this world immortally through generation and generations (Highlander & New Amsterdam).  Included in this list are movies and TV shows where someone’s super powers are the central theme of the show (Smallville & Spiderman & every other Marvel comic movie)

I’ve been thinking about why I & so many others like these projects so much, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.  We enjoy playing God.  And these types of media are like the apple hanging from the tree, and it’s just out of our reach.  But at least we can watch.

Currently, the only person I know for sure that has the power to travel through time or to be everywhere at once or to climb tall buildings (should he choose to) is God, and it’s no secret that most of us envy, not only his position, but his abilities to “do whatever he wants.”

And we cannot.  But we wish we could.

So there’s this incredible tension that exists inside of us that cannot be quenched by the climax of a two hour flick at the theater down the street with overpriced food or the cliffhanger of 41 minutes of an episide of Lost.  The tension leaves the theater or the couch with us and stays in our minds, wishing that we too could “jump” from Main street to a Wall Street bank or that a plane crash survival was possible because being “lost” on a deserted island with Jack, Kate, or Sawyer couldn’t be all bad, right?

The only thing I know for sure is this:  That humankind, if given the opportunity for any of these types of God-like gifts, would more than likely ruin itself altogether if we had them.  Look what we’ve done with what we have.

This has been a thought I’ve had for “Watercooler Wednesday”  with Randy Elrod.

Until next time…


5 Responses to “Super Powers”

  1. mike ritter Says:

    i have wondered for the past few years why we in the church have such a hard time communicating the amazing story of our AWESOME GOD and his work and tv, movies, myths and writers are so effective with imaginary stuff

  2. Though Superman was created by two Jewish guys, a lot has been made of the parallels:

    He is sent from a distant father to save us from our own evil. He is unimaginably powerful. He has two sides (natures) one of which is fully human, the other is fully super-powered (divine). Some people go so far as to draw paralells between sin and kryptonite.

    There was this fascinating graphic novel called “kingdom come” it express Revelations-themes within the DC universe; it was narrated by this minister character who seemed to be struggling with his faith and had a handful of quotes from revelations itself.

    It’s interesting that the people who make comics seem to get these paralells and use them for commercial benefit. As Mike says above, it’s a sad commentary that we’re to traditional, “pious” or whatever them to leverage these paralells for God’s glory much.

  3. outnumberedby5 Says:

    …and they’re all WICKED entertaining!!!

  4. outnumberedby5 Says:

    i really don’t have much more to offer on the subject. i’m posting again because of the cool hotdogs i’m employing as an avatar.

    Don’t worry, they’re kosher.

  5. Randy Elrod Says:

    Kurt Bruner has a fascinating book about this called “The Divine Drama”, Frederick Buechner has “The Gospel As Comedy, Tragedy and Fairy Tale”. And secular books include “The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers”, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler which explres Jospeh Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” which George Lucas utilized as a basis for “Star Wars”. Fascinating stuff that will preach like heck!! Louis Markos hwrote a tremendous article for Christianity Today called “Myth Matters” which is a must read.

    Ah, yes, Marty…I love this subject. Great post!!! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday and for getting my mind whirling. also, please bring a friend next week.


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