Superhero movies are my favorite. I have been obsessed with the Spider-Man movies (especially the Tobey Maguire ones… not sorry) since I was a little girl. Superhero movies are just great, and I love to see the good guy overcome the challenges presented by their villains. Whether it’s the Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus, there is always someone who is hurting those who cannot defend themselves. What’s a city to do without the ability to properly defend itself? The answer, in this case, would be to call upon someone who can, and that someone is their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
No matter the crisis or the villain, the story doesn’t begin there. We see from the start that Peter Parker had been wronged by a broken society; the brokenness resulted in the death of his beloved Uncle Ben. Peter probably could have just continued his life, but his loss and hurt compelled him to action. He inevitably began to take matters into his own hands, using his great power and great responsibility to become the Spider-Man. He became a hero for the every man, defending those who would have otherwise been defenseless. He desired to restore justice to the place which he loved, despite having been wronged by their failure to protect his loved ones.
Justice is something we all desire, knowingly or not. Like Peter Parker, we have all been affected by injustices in one way or another. It should compel us to action in the same way (minus the suit and web shooters.) Because we know injustices and oppression hurt, the Lord reminds us to extend our hand to others (Deut. 10:18-19, Exodus 23:9). Our desire, like the prophet Isaiah, should be to “free those who are wrongly imprisoned” (58:6, NLT). God’s throne is built on righteousness and justice, and our defense is in Him (Psalm 89:14,18). For the believer, justice began on the Cross of Jesus Christ. It would be in injustice to keep that to ourselves. So, by God’s grace, we must extend that opportunity of true justice to the defenseless.
Alexandria is a worship coordinator for Driven Youth Ministries, and small group leader for Shift Preteens and The One Young Adults. She has a passion for Marvel Movies and graphic novels, as well as Lord of the Rings or anything fantasy. Find her on Twitter at @faitdetoiles