Yesterday in church I had the honor of sitting next to Batman. Not the real caped crusader…but a sweet little four year old boy who kept flashing his Batman figurine at me during the sermon. I continued to react in surprise just to see how long he would bring out the Dark Knight. Not surprisingly, my sweet little guy could sustain that game for some time.
I can’t think of a better place for Batman than in church. Batman has a strong moral code by which he lives and he is always ready to vanquish bad guys. You only have to flash the bat signal and Bruce Wayne changes into a super hero. Just the man you want to protect you when needed. He’s Batman.
I think Batman can teach my sweet young pew-mate a great deal about Jesus. You only have to signal Jesus via prayer and he’ll hear you. I can’t think of anyone who I would want on my side more than Jesus. And Jesus is always on the side of right. He’s the ultimate white knight. I could go on forever about our real super hero.
The difference of course is that Batman is fiction and Jesus is fact. I am certain this young boy will grow up to know the best friend and hero anyone could ever ask for in this life. Jesus will be there for him.
No bat cave, no fancy car, no bat wings, but a fierce God who protects us against evil all the days of our lives.
Pretty cool stuff.
Psalm 91 “God Our Protector”
Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to Him,
“You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I will trust.”
He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
He will cover you with His wings;
you will be safe in His care;
His faithfulness will protect and defend you.
You need not fear any dangers at night
or sudden attacks during the day
or the plagues that strike in the dark
or the evils that kill in the daylight.
A thousand may fall dead beside you,
ten thousand all around you,
but you will not be harmed.
You will look and see
how the wicked are punished.
You have made the LORD your defender,
the Most High your protector,
and so no disaster will strike you,
no violence will come near your home.
God will put His angels in charge of you
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.
You will trample down lions and snakes,
fierce lions and poisonous snakes.
God says, “I will save those who love me
and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
when they are in trouble, I will be with them.
I will rescue them and honor them.
I will reward them with long life; I will save them.”