(This post continues the theme introduced in Where are All the Superheroes?)
Our culture admires the superheroes, and secretly wants to be like them, but it never will. More importantly, we shouldn’t want to be like them:
- They don’t function under any set standard, any absolute, specific morality. They are motivated by what seems right to them, what is assumed by them to be the best answer to whatever problem they are facing. But, where is an ultimate guideline? It doesn’t exist.
- They don’t need God to help them. They have powers of their own, like little god-men. I think of the superheroes of today as being similar to the Greek gods and goddesses of ancient times. No, we don’t call on Spiderman to save us when we’re in trouble, but we (especially kids) admire the superheroes to an exaggerated extent.
Here’s another thing about the superheroes I don’t like: the superhero women.
They dress in skin-tight body suits and kick the enemy’s behind. Now, is that how women should act? Where’s the gentleness, the kindness, the sweetness? I see manipulation, craftiness, and brutality. The superhero stories mislead us into thinking that for women to be strong, they need to use karate. For women to be beautiful, they need to have abs and thighs as strong as steel, and perfect figures with skinny waists. Since there is no ultimate standard for morality in those stories, we are influenced to think, “Why should it matter how a woman acts, as long as she beats the bad guy?”
Our superhero culture has led us down the wrong path. Not only do we attempt to do right in our own strength, and fail; not only do we invent our own brand of morality to fit how we want to live–we distort nature itself.
Women were not meant to be cold, uptight, and dangerous.
Women were meant to stay at home.
Completely antithetical to what our culture values. But, here’s a picture of what God values:
…’The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. All you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel. But your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall stay in your cities which I have given you’…
Only men were in the army of Israel at the time of Moses, per God’s specific instructions (see Numbers 1:1-4, for example). No women. Only men twenty years old and up. God wants to see men of valor fighting to protect their wives and little ones. The women stayed at home in their cities, caring for their families and waiting for the men to come back from fighting. How counter-cultural that is! What a contrast to our superhero stories!
Perhaps my superhero analogy is a bit loose. However, I hope that we can make some crucial connections, and glean some gems of truth from this comparison. We need to consider whether we’re living life based on our own opinions and fantasies, or based on the timeless Word of the Lord.