On Thursday, I got to have a pretty cool experience with my brother and Dad. We went to the movies…for 14 hrs! What I’m talking about is the “Ultimate Marvel Marathon”. This was a “debriefing” hosted by “Agent Coulson” of all of the Avengers related movies, ending with “The Avengers”. Here’s a pic of us at it:

Dean, Paul, and Russ at The Marvel Marathon

Watching these movies, the geek in me was in paradise! And the Christian in me was searching. I was searching for Christian imagery. The minister in me was searching for stories to share. There are always great stories of sacrifice, betrayal, and brotherhood. Iron Man gives us a great “prodigal son.” But there are very few, if any, direct statements of support for God or Christianity in any of the back story movies leading up to Thursday’s midnight release. With our culture’s hesitancy to show any support for God, I had lost hope of seeing any in “The Avengers.”

The Joss Whedon amazed me. He wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. He was the one that added a small mention, even if it was only for the character, the statement was true. (Trying to avoid spoilers, but there is some I have to say) As the team is being assembled, there is a fight between Loki and Thor. As he is preparing to jump into the fray, Black Widow warns Captain America, “Might want to sit this one out, they are gods.” In response, Cap states,

“There’s only one God ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

This one statement made me smile, and if you look at my twitter, I stepped off to the side at that moment and tweeted that quote. I’m not sure what Joss Whedon believes, but we know that Steve Rogers (Captain America’s “real” name) is a believer. Throughout the movies, Captain America/Steve Rogers gives Christian Men a great example. Here’s a guy who started out as a 90 pound weakling who wouldn’t back down from a bully and became the symbol behind which a country can fight. Almost 70 years after being lost in WWII, he is found, and he is refitted and sent back out. WHen hearing of his new uniform, he asks “Aren’t the stars and stripes a little old fashioned?” To which he is told, “some of us could use a little old fashioned.”

Think about the things that America has forgotten since WWII. Men were chivilrous then. Pornography was not an ever present thing. Divorce was rare. God was still welcome in our schools and society. Sure, some of the bad was present, and I won’t say that life is not better now that it was then in many ways, but in our properity, God and the teachings of God have been forgotten. Captain America can remind us of these things. Seems to me that he is a faint echo of The Man, but he is still an echo.

Here’s a challenge to each of you, follow Captain America’s example and remember, “There’s only one God.” Find a way to show that in your life this week, and think on ot often.

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

P.S. The Avengers was a great movie!

Comments
  1. Lawrence says:

    Joss Whedon is an atheist. In an interview when someone asked him if he believed in God, he said “Not a jot.” I think though that he is a good writer who understands his characters and he knows Captain America aka Steve Rogers is the kind of person who would believe in God.

  2. Kevin says:

    Ever watchful. I admire the insight. But that is not the main thing. The main thing I honed in on was back about WWII the USA was a different place. It is sad that over the years, even in my short time here thus far, there has been a continual decrease in morals and ethics. I am just as guilty, which is a slap in the face, however I am saved by grace through faith and am thankful that is something that is not as much of an issue for me as it used to be. I am forgiven of my past errors. Now it is up to me to become more watchful. Thanks for posting.

  3. Richard says:

    Much like the characters in “The Avengers”, the concept of a god is fabricated by fiction authors as well. To think anything else s delusional.

    • Paul S says:

      And where is your evidence that there is no God. I don’t have a need to prove that He exists if you can not prove that He does not.

      • Richard says:

        Not true. Evidence of absence indicates that a deity does not exist; that is, there’s zero empirical evidence that “god” exists, thus the logical conclusion is that he/she/it does not. Now if you can provide empirical, repeatable evidence that there is a man in the sky I’m happy to change my mind, as any creature not driven by fear and myth would.

      • Paul S says:

        I have experienced His action and protection as well as heard His voice audibly. As far as the burden of proof, I am not an apologist and this is not a site about apologetics. This is a site that is about helping believers better follow God’s Word.

        As you have come to this site and attacked the beliefs and experiences of our writers and readers, you do carry the burden to prove your statements.

        Now for proof from this side. In every court in the world, eye witness testimony is admissible as evidence. Even scientific study relies on eye witness observation. So I will use it as well. I have witnessed and had others witness God’s almighty presence to me. In my experiences this has not been subjective analysis, but simple observation. Throughout the Bible, eyewitness testimony records events proving His divinity.

        Josephus was not a Christian, he was a Jew, but his records support and in some cases specifically describe biblical events. Again, he did not believe Jesus was Messiah, but he recorded events that prove Jesus’ divinity.

        Now let me ask you this. If you do not believe in God, would you have any problem praying a simple prayer to Him? If He does not exist, you have lost nothing, but if He does, His answer will change your life. The prayer is this: “God, will you reveal yourself in my life? Will you show me that you are real and present in this broken world?”

        Like I said, it can’t hurt, but what if? What if He does answer you and shows you His power? To help you out on his, I’m going to ask all our readers and writers to keep you in their prayers this week. I personally am praying that God will reveal Himself to you in a way that will not only help you believe, but will help others see as well!

        ~Paul

      • Paul S says:

        One other thing real fast. In both of your responses you have insulted us. In neither of my responses have I done so to you. Please refrain from calling us names to try and prove your point. I am neither delusional or driven by fear and myth. I am perfectly lucid and driven by undeniable experiences in my own life and the lives of loved ones.

    • Richard – have you every really experienced God? Have you read the Bible, been part of a community where you could speak with other believers and find out first hand if it is true or not. I can tell you beyond a shadow of doubt that God is quite real. I have seen, experienced and felt him to many times in my life to deny him. Since I don’t know you or know your background it’s hard to engage in a conversation about it, but I would encourage you to connect with some folks who do and ask them why they believe in God. I would also encourage you to set aside your thoughts or ideas and open a Bible and see what it has to say. The only reason I believe in God is because I have done these things and he has proven himself over and over to me. Through relationships with others I have been able to experience God in deep ways. I am not a Theology major, in fact I have never even been to a Christian college or university. I am just a regular guy who has been down some pretty rough roads in my life and in falling flat on my face I have experienced the one and only true God.

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