DC Comics's Latest Superhero: Jesus Christ
DC Comics, the producers of Superman and Batman comic books, are soon introducing to the world their latest "superhero": Jesus Christ. However, this version of Jesus is not so super. As DC author Mark Russell describes it, this Jesus is sent back to earth by God to learn from another superhero ("Sun Man") how to be a Messiah.
Supposedly God was upset that Jesus got himself crucified, so he's been locked up in heaven for the past 2,000 years. God is finally letting him return to earth and take lessons from his mentor "Sun Man." Along the way, this Jesus is shocked to find out how the religion he founded has been twisted by his erstwhile followers, so he has returned to set the record straight. (It has taken us 2000 years, but apparently Mark Russell is going to finally give us the straight story from God.)
Of course, many Christians are offended by this obvious blasphemous attack against the Christian faith. Others just yawn and think that this is merely another attempt to grab attention and readership. (Side note: I wonder when DC Comics is going to do a similar comic on Muhammed. Will it show him peacefully correcting all the murderous jihadists who supposedly have "hijacked" Islam? But I digress...)
And then there are others (like me) who wonder if there is anything in this blasphemous story that Christians can use for the glory of God. After all, don't get mad... get productive.
I was very curious about the background of Mark Russell. It turns out that he was raised in an evangelical Christian home, regularly attended church, and went to Christian schools. However, his comment about Christians in evangelical churches wearing Jesus like a mascot tells me that at some point in his young life he was turned off to the Christian faith. What turned him off? We're not told about everything that drove him away, but one thing certainly added to it: the cheap way so many Christians approach the worship and service of a holy God.
As a Christian and a pastor I take seriously the Apostle Paul's warnings concerning false gospels (Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Those who mock Christ and think He is some kind of bumbling fool who's messed up an assignment from God are lost and facing an eternity without a Savior. However, I think there are some good things we can harvest from this story and use it for the glory of God.
1. Our culture cannot get away from Jesus.
Again, notice that our entertainment and news media is fascinated with Jesus. Buddha or Muhammed never make the cover of Time or Newsweek, but Jesus does every year! You never see Hollywood making a movie about Buddha or Muhammed, but there are scores of films — both good and bad — about Jesus.