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Heros

1 May

Heros…

It was the late 1930s. America was still in the grip of the Great Depression and in Europe the rise of Nazism and Fascism were posing an increasing threat to the world order.

It was at that time that two high school students from Cleveland, Ohio came up with the idea of an American superhero to be known as Superman.

Superman soon became the representation and embodiment of America itself. Indeed, Superman’s mission was to fight for truth, justice, and the American way. It’s his role as a symbol and personification of America that interests us here.

In the last few years we have witnessed a growing movement aimed at overturning, nullifying, and warring against what has been known as the American way. It could be seen in the calls for the tearing down of statues of the nation’s founders and heroes – and their outright destruction.

It can be seen in the propagation of the 1619 project and Critical Race Theory which views America as a largely malignant and an oppressive force that must be undone. It can be seen as well in the burning of flags, the spurning of the national anthem, and in countless other ways.

And now, DC comics, has announced that Superman will no longer be fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, but truth, justice, and “a better tomorrow.”

The personification of America is no longer in favor of the American way. In this, Superman still embodies America, but now an America at war against itself. But it goes deeper than the American way. For preeminent among the values long associated with America was that of the Judeo-Christian faith. And that leads to the other recent metamorphosis of the American icon.

And if America is decaying, in spiritual and moral free-fall – then, apparently, so must Superman, the icon that represents it. Let the metamorphosis of Superman serve as a reminder, that we are not home, that our hope is not in a nation, or in a man and his myths.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

But our hope is in the Living God, who changes not and in the One infinitely better than Superman, Jesus, the Light of the world and the only hope America has. And let us all more boldly shine His light into this present darkness. And May God greatly bless you this month as you do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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