Not long ago I saw the movie Hancock, about a reluctant and ill-mannered superhero played by Will Smith. It got me to thinking about why we love superheroes. What’s the deal with the masked crusaders that captures our imagination and fuels a multi-billion dollar business?
I believe it’s the Kingdom DNA that God has programmed into every man, woman, and child created in His image. Intended from the beginning to be masters of the earth unmatched by only God Himself, we’ve never lost the ancient memory.
Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth… And God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. (Gen. 1:26, 28)
Somewhere in our hear-of-hearts is the distant memory that we were intended to be thus, and when we see Superman saving the day our heart whispers “YES! This is who I was created to be!”
Jesus, the God-man and prototype of all superheroes, after wresting the cosmos from the powers of darkness commissioned his disciples saying, “these signs will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)
That’s who we are. We are born into the bloodline of those “supermen” who defended the weak, rescued the dying, “conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight.” (Heb. 11:33-34) It’s our inheritance in the Epic tale God is still writing: the Story of the Kingdom.
With such ancient DNA in our being is it any wonder we thrill at the exploits of the superheroes?