Has it already been a month since I posted? Wow. Well this last month has been a pretty eventful one being busy with church activities (VBS, speaking for one retreat in San Diego, and my own youth group retreat ending just last Friday). Finally, all of my busy summer ministry activities are over. Praise the Lord for His many mercies shining His love on many, while providing me and Mrs. Nerd the strength to endure.
I also spent a substantial chunk of time away from +Undercity Comics (Uptown Whittier) as a result of my business and while I was gone I got to thinking about superheroes and what makes them popular. I think one of the big reasons why we like superheroes is because we like to fantasize which superhero we would be or which super power we would have. But I think another reason why we like superheroes is because they often times rescue us from troublesome situations. Yes there are the natural disasters that they might be able to prevent, but I am more referring to the rescuing of one who is unable to defend themselves. I remember growing up, being picked on for not being the right color, not being the right shape, and not having the right facial features, and just thinking "If only my neighborhood friendly Spider-Man were flying past this situation he would surely rescue me from these bullies."
|Wouldn't it be nice to have someone to get you out of situations like this?|
In the last month I have seen a few instances of bullying and I noticed that it happens all over. It happens to kids and unfortunately it also can happen to adults though largely we assume that adults must surely too mature to be involved in petty things like bullying. But yes, kids get continuously humiliated and socially ostracized, and adults can be pressured by so much opposition that they get pushed out of jobs and such. It's really sad to witness. In these cases, what can we do as bystanders or even as victims ourselves?
Well one thing we shouldn't do is take matter into our own hands. Sometimes we can be tempted into exacting justice (sometimes fueled by revenge, which isn't really just) ourselves, but often we as firsthand witnesses can be much too emotional in such situations and can over react. It's much better to report the situation to someone who can do something about it who isn't fueled by personal emotions.
As a matter of fact, in these situations we think that the heroes are the people who rescue us out of hairy situations, and yes they are. Soldiers, police officers, doctors, and fire fighters really can't get enough recognition for the harrowing situations they plunge themselves through to rescue us. But Jesus in the Bible says:
30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
|A handshake is a great gesture of solidarity, and just good manners in greeting.|
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