Nicky and I went to see Man of Steel yesterday. It’s the story of Superman from his birth on Krypton to his emergence as super hero on earth. The director was way too much in love with special effects. In his attempt to save the world, he nearly destroys Metropolis. Thousands must have died but Lois Lane was saved, more than once. My favorite part was in the last scene when Superman decides he will hide out as a mild mannered reporter. He accomplishes this by putting glasses on what has become the most famous face on the planet. I don’t know about you, but people know who I am with or without my glasses. It just not that easy to hide who you are.
The movie did remind me that it is all about identity. It’s really not that complicated. Fundamentally we or either sinners on our way to hell or blood bought children of God headed in the other direction. If we are His children, God can weave a wonderful story of purpose, challenge and joy for our lives. If we are in the other situation, we are left to try to work out a happy ending for ourselves. Good luck with that.
Once we know which identity we have, it’s our responsibility not to try to hide behind glasses, but to live it out. Our identity means everything. As God said at Jesus’ baptism, “this is my beloved son.” It’s what He says over us. He is also ready to say “in whom I am well pleased.” If we are working out our salvation by following His plan. His plan for us is not that we save the world by destroying Metropolis. But it is to save the world, one lost soul at a time.
Put on your cape. Put that S on your chest and get to work.
There is a world to save. At the moment, Metropolis isn’t looking very good.