I am tired of Christian Superheroes.
Not the heroes; the feeling they leave.
Tired. Exhausted. Worn out.
I’m not sure when or where it all started. I suspect from the beginning of the church. Paul seems to allude to this in his first letter to the Corinthians, where he says, “I thank God that I baptized none of you…so that no one can say you were baptized in my name.” We do love our Christian Superheroes, though. Th ones that make it look easy. The ones whose books and blogs and Facebook pages show the rest of us just how it’s done.
You know them: the radicals that pray fervently, sacrifice everything with joy, plant churches in inner city ghettos, lead prayer breakfasts for missionary heart surgeons, and raise their sons to love Jesus. They’re the ladies who are #blessed, with the sweetest ‘sisters’ instead of mere friends, who mentor new mothers and blog about their non-GMO, organic, low-fat superfood cookies.
They’re Christian Superheroes and they destroy the truth of your salvation (and often, their own). As Paul feared, it strikes me that the “Cross of Christ [is being] emptied of its effect” by this.
For all the beautiful work of sanctification that is worked in us, it is the work of Christ on the Cross that has primacy.
Don’t let Christian Superheroes steal that. Don’t be sold the idea that the work done on the cross wasn’t enough for you and that it can’t be enough for all the lost that are right there in your midst.
Don’t let Christian Superheroes tell you that the cross is out of reach for you.
“Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world — what is viewed as nothing — to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus…”