This week in Parker we have been conducting our yearly Vacation Bible School. It has been a wonderful week and I know that many seeds were planted through the teaching of God’s word. As usual, we picked a theme that we could use for decorations and the nightly lessons. This year’s theme was God’s Heroes. We played off the idea of Super Heroes and how we can be heroes in God’s eyes. In this post, I just wanted to share something we have been talking about in the teen class.
Each Super Hero has a secret identity. For Superman, it’s Clark Kent. For Batman, it’s Bruce Wayne. Regardless of who it is, most Super Heroes don’t act as that hero 24 hours a day. They each have different reasons for doing so but it boils down to the fact that they want to live a normal life to some degree. They want to be able to fit in. For that reason, when it’s time to fight crime they slip on a mask or a costume and are able to do so without revealing who they really are. It is as if they are two different people.
I know that as children we wanted to look up to Super Heroes but this is definitely one area where they got it wrong. In fact, how often do we as Christians attempt to do the same? We want to be Christians and do what’s right but when we’re among worldly people we change. We want to fit in so we remove our “mask” in an attempt to blend into the crowd. Like Peter Parker when he was tired of being Spiderman, we try to hide who we are.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Our goal as Christians should not be to fit into the world but to be set apart. We recognize that we are different and we should be proud of that. It should never be something that we hide.
If we are attempting to hide our identity, the question becomes this: why? Are we ashamed? Romans 1:16-17 tells us that we shouldn’t be. Are we afraid? 2 Timothy 1:7 explains that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Is it for some other reason? We as Christians need to do everything we can to embrace our Christianity and remove the secret identities we may be hiding. There is no need for the Bruce Waynes and the Clark Kents in this world. If we truly want to be heroes to this lost and dying world we must separate ourselves from the old man of sin and become that which God desires us to be. No more hiding. Let’s save this world!