Sometime back in March, my wife and I got into a heated discussion: Who would win in a fight between Aquaman and Ant-Man. We were at a stalemate, neither one of us willing to budge our on position. I saw Ant-Man as having the advantage.
Henry Pym, aka Ant-Man, Giant Man, Dr. Pym, and the like, was an inventor who created the Pym particles. These were particles that allowed one to shrink to the size of an ant (hence Ant-Man) or to the size of like 5 or 6 stories tall (hence Giant Man). He has an epic back story stemming from the 60’s when he was first introduced. He spent time working with a Hungarian physicist and fell in love with his daughter. They were in Communist Hungary at the time. He got married to his love and soon she disappeared. During this time of research, he discovered the Pym particles, and used them to search unsuccessfully for his wife. Henry Pym was a non-violent physicist who was on a good mission. He eventually became a founding member of the original Avengers.
Aquaman? Dude swims in the ocean and talks to aquatic life. No huge back story at all. In fact it keeps changing all the time.
So, I did what was only proper and took our argument to social media–Facebook and Twitter. To my surprise (and my wife’s glee) Aquaman won out. Still don’t know why. And no, I’m not bitter. Just an uneducated public on the un-awesomeness of Aquaman.
To top it off, Ant-Man is on his way to getting his own movie. Aquaman is only going to be in a bit part in the upcoming Superman vs Batman movie which originally was going to be a sequel to Man of Steele but now is its own move. And Ben Affleck is playing Batman. Now, Ant-Man is starring Paul Rudd. Not sure about that, but Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman. So, I’ll concede the fact that someone as kick-butt as Jason Momoa playing Aquaman might add credence to the character, dude still just swims in the ocean and talks to aquatic life.
The question since then I’ve been bouncing around is this: Are these truly heroes we want in the first place? A fighting pacifist who shrinks and grows and a dude who swims and talks to aquatic life? Are these real fighters?
Now, some Biblically minded people might be thinking that I’m going to now transition into the “Heroes of the Faith” from Hebrews 11. I’m not. So there.
I was thinking instead of this verse this morning:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3
We don’t fight like Ant-Man or Aquaman (let alone the awesome Captain America or Iron Man) or even your everyday hero on the front lines (from police officers to firefighters to service men and women).
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against he knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
There is more to this world than just the physical. We only see the physical. We only see the things around us and worry and fret and get scared. But there is more out there. And when we feel surrounded by so many problems, we freak out and get worried and don’t know what to do.
In the book of 2 Kings, the prophet Elisha and his servant re surround by a vast army. The servant freaks out. Elisha stays calm through it all. Elisha knew what was going on.
“‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet [Elisha] answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16-17
There’s more out there than you realize. And it’s scary. It’s frightening. But with Jesus, you are well equipped to handle it all.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of the evil heavenly realm.” Ephesians 6:12
But we are not left ill equipped. We have the full armor of God–the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and (the only offensive weapon listed) the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:14-17). Aquaman and Ant-Man ain’t got nothing on this awesome. Talking to aquatic life… pssssht. Growing and shrink…pssssht.
But the greatest weapon of all that we have been given by God through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit is prayer. In all of this war that is being waged on, we are to stand firm. We have been given the tools necessary, the armor, the defensive and offensive weapons, to go head to head. But the greatest thing we do is pray.
But we live out this prayer. We live out what we pray. I can go on and on and on about what it means about the dark forces of this world. No this, with Jesus’ death on the cross, the devil has been defeated. He has no power over you. Don’t give him that power. Stand firm in the armor of God. Stand firm in prayer. And the battle will be won because the battle belongs to the Lord.
Now, Aquaman is part of the so-called Justice League. Whatever. Ant-Man is part of the Avengers. So what. They’re fictional characters in comic books. There is a real war going on, a war fought and won by God through Jesus. There are battles here and there, but the war has been won. We are victorious.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
Where do you need to put on the armor of God? Have you put it on in the first place? The war is won, the battles are still being fought, but you aren’t alone. Go. Stand firm. Fight. And have victory in Jesus.