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We don’t have to read far in our Bibles before encountering numerous warnings of Israel “forgetting” what God had done to rescue them from slavery. The nature of this “forgetfulness” was not cognitive (such as, “We forgot God parted the Red Sea!”) but motivational — the past event no longer had any bearing on present faith or future hope. Once God’s people lost their memory, they believed falsehoods about their world, devoted themselves to superstitions, and sacrificed their distinctive identity that was to shine a light to the nations.
An essential component of humanizing Superman, therefore, is making his enemies and fears bear some semblance to our own. And this is where the Superman relaunch stands out as one of the most relatable depictions of the titular character in recent memory: it posits that the greatest threat to the strongest man on earth—the Man of Steel himself—is not a little green rock or a giant primordial villain, but a new era of cyber surveillance that threatens to reveal his secret identity to the world, endangering himself and his closest friends. The Superman comic book line is, once again, as relevant as ever precisely because it reflects and reveals our fear of being watched in this age of cyber espionage.
From a larger perspective, though, I believe God is ultimately in control over who arrives in the States, whether as a refugee or any other category of immigrant. “From one man, he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him” (Acts 17:26–27).
In his sovereignty God might move one of his image-bearers halfway around the world so he or she can hear the hope of the gospel. He invites his church to join in that mission. Regrettably, according to LifeWay Research, less than half of U.S. Protestant churches are engaged in reaching and serving refugees or other immigrants, so the opportunity is much greater than is being realized. World Relief president Stephan Bauman has challenged every local church to welcome at least one refugee family, which I think would have remarkable gospel impact.
I’ve watched hundreds of classic movies, but it’s still strange to see the male leads actually pursuing women, even when formidable obstacles are in their way. For someone all too familiar with the one-date-and-never-calling-again pattern followed even by many Christian men, the idea of lasting pursuit is appealing but foreign.
Even being let down gently is no longer the norm. For many of us Christian women, resigned after years on the dating scene, a few kind words would make a big difference. Men don’t have to be scared that they’re “leading us on” just because they treat us with care and consideration.
A while back, I read an unfortunate exchange between two professing Christians who had some pretty drastic differences in their beliefs and interpretation of Scripture. One of them in particular had some rather harsh words for the other, and all of it was happening publicly for all to see. Even more disappointing was all the support these tumultuous tweets received from observers. But, when all the dust had settled, I can’t imagine that anyone was persuaded by the exchange. They may have become more convinced of the opinion they already held. Or perhaps, so offended by the whole thing, they didn’t even hear what the issue was about. But, in all probability, no one was persuaded to a different belief, just polarized toward the one they already possessed.