I recently heard that Superman is being compared to Jesus. At first glance the idea seemed kind of cool but upon further reflection the whole thing to me is absurd. Jesus Christ is NOT a superhero. He is not to be compared to Spider man, Superman, the Green Hornet or any other figment of over-active imaginations.
For some people, Jesus is the boyfriend they never find in this life. He is the sweetheart that makes them gush and brings a spring to their step. Jesus Christ is NOT a boyfriend. He is not to be compared to the local quarterback in high school that every girl wants to go steady with.
Over the years, I have heard people say Jesus is their “good buddy”, their “homeboy”, their “sidekick” and other terms that indicate casual friendship. Jesus Christ is NOT just a pal. He is not to be compared to the friends on your social networking site or the gang you hang out with.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Lord of all. His name is above every name and every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. Although Jesus is friend to sinners, He should not be brought down to the position of being a sinner. Jesus Christ is high and lifted up and worthy of admiration, praise and worship—not slaps on the rear end or given high fives with.
I worry that in so lowering the stature of Jesus, people lose sight of who and what He is. We are to respect Jesus Christ for who He is and what He has done. We are to adore Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are to love Jesus Christ with all of our heart and devote all of our heart to Him as our Lord.
I have severe reservations with trying to spiritualize movies that are produced by natural men for the sole purpose of entertainment and making money. Instead of believing there was a secret Godly side to a movie, I choose to believe that in most cases such a side is merely a counterfeit.
I am aware that God uses analogies and metaphors throughout His Word to explain principles and place emphasis on certain things. Jesus used parables to teach the people things they would never understand otherwise. But, I believe that it is a stretch to say God uses “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings” and other movies to teach people about Himself.
Once in awhile movies come out that do have a profound spiritual application such as the Narnia series. But, in those cases they are deliberately made to bring glory to God and help people know God better. I am indeed thankful for any movie, book or other means of communication that teaches people about who Jesus is and why He came but I have a problem with comparing Jesus to superheroes, good kings or cool dudes in every movie.