I really enjoy super hero movies. Last night I went to see one with my daughter, Faith, and found myself deeply moved at the point after the hero vanquishes the villain, and discovers that the world has not instantly been “fixed”. Driving home in the car I couldn’t help but express my longing for a real life super hero to destroy evil, restore the world to its pristine state, and man to his original innocence. As the hero in the movie came to realize, I know that the situation of humanity is far more complex than just conquering a villain. Much of the problem is within us - our desires, our perception of right and wrong, our entitlement, our selfishness and need for gratification. I wish that I could say that I do not struggle with any of those issues, and I wish you didn’t either, but I do know that there is one who can and will ultimately satisfy my need for a Super Hero. In the meantime, I will press on doing what I can to address the evil I can see, to love the ones within my influence, to spread the reason for the hope that I have, to comfort those who feel the press of evil and death, and faithfully wait for His return. Even so, come quickly!
Today is Father’s Day. This year it is also my Mom’s birthday. I think of the things my mom and dad did (and continue to do) well as parents that I am thankful for. They demonstrated imperfect but healthy marriage and parenting. They apologized when they messed up. They forgave. They prayed for me. They encouraged me. They disciplined me. They challenged me. They spoke the truth in love, even when it was hard to hear. They modeled their relationship with Jesus through personal quiet times, faithful church involvement, serving, and giving. They had convictions and values based in the truth of the Bible, and would say no, to things that invited compromise. I didn’t always understand, and I wasn’t always appreciative of some of these things, mind you, but the older I get, the more I am grateful for how they shepherded me toward Jesus.