Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Blind Leading The Blind

Daredevil (Matt Murdock, Lawyer) has always been unique in the fact that the accident that gave him his powers also blinded him. Even though he has lost a physical benefit he is still able to overcome his handicap and use his enhanced abilities to stop evil. Known as Hell's Kitchen's (New York) "Man Without Fear." To criminals he seems as a demon who is not afraid of anything in order to have justice served.

Sadly, in the recent comic books Daredevil was possessed by a demon. Leading an army of ninjas to overpower all order in the area of Hell's Kitchen and instill his own rule. He almost killed many superheroes (mainly Avengers) and close friends (pedestrian partners). After exiting his demon, Murdock decides to retire and go off into the sunset (leaving the once King of Wakanda and current husband to Storm, Black Panther to patrol his domain).

Daredevil's character could be compared to us as Christians. We cannot know or understand all of God's plans or majesty, but we try. We have faith and our powers (the fruits of the spirit [Galatians 5] and the armor of God [Ephesians 6]), but we cannot see. Unlike Thomas we don't have the opportunity to touch the resurrected hands and side.

Therefore, "we live by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 (The Book of Eli is probably my favorite movie.)

Like the original Daredevil, we are out there doing our job. Like a vigilante we "do not conform to the pattern of this world." (Romans 12:2) We "fight" the good fight for our Lord Christ. Even though we cannot fully see we are still in the battle.

But, we must be careful. We cannot become like Daredevil's dark days. Like Jesus said the Pharisees "are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." (Matthew 15:14) Even though we may try to fully understand God, we cannot become caught up with adiophora or things that are not truly there. In our understanding we can only learn from studying the Scripture that God has provided for us, not other places.

Daredevil goes off into the sunset to find himself and who he is truly meant to be. It is also alright for us to reflect on what God has done for us and meditate on His Scripture.

Then, with God, we can become even better than Daredevil, "the Lord gives sight to the blind." Psalm 146:8 As we try to study and understand Him, He will reveal Himself to us.

Here's a preview from the upcoming new series of Daredevil in July, after he comes back from  retirement:

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