Like many little boys their age, Asher and Isaac love to play Superheros. They fly around the house all day in there fuzzy hooded capes, chasing villains. Being a hero is built into the heart of a little boy. Standing up for those in trouble, rescuing their damsel, bringing justice to the villains that are terrorizing their world. I love to watch and listen to their imaginations at work.
A while back Asher and I were having a conversation about superheros and villains. Asher said, “Mommy, I am Batman and Batman has to catch Joker, he is a very, very bad villain!” Just to see what he would say I asked, “What does Joker do that makes him such a bad villain?” I was expecting something about blowing up buildings, hurting people, any of those really bad things that villains do, but his response caught me by surprise. “He tells lies and doesn’t obey his Mommy!” How silly! I most definitely wouldn’t have put those at the top of the villain list. I didn’t think too much about it after that… until today. Overhearing them in their own little world I was reminded again of that conversation. It is easy to look at people who commit the, “Really bad sins” and say that they are an enemy of God. We even compare ourselves to them, “I would never do a thing like that!” Doesn’t it just seem to make sense that they are the villains. Sometimes we even see ourselves as Robin, God’s little sidekick, helping Him catch the villains and bringing them to justice. How often do we look at ourselves and see all the “little” things that make us the villain?
What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
I deserve no less than death and an eternity apart from Him, but praise God! I am no longer a villain, I am a child of the greatest hero of them all!