Captain America is, hands-down, my favorite Avenger. A superhero from a bygone era, his uncomplicated character and strong moral fiber are a breath of fresh air when translated into the modern superhero/villain scene. His altruism and loyalty is admirable, as is his propensity to instinctively grasp the heart of the matter at hand. With Captain America, what you see is what you get; while somewhat predictable, his consistent ability to do what is right is inspiring.
Undoubtedly, part of the draw of Captain America is that these defining characteristics of his are, of course, superhuman. As much as I desire to live a guileless life; as hard as I try to do the right thing in any and every situation, I just cannot do it in my human nature. For, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Romans 3:10-12 puts the proverbial nail in man’s coffin by describing him this way: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
What a contrast to this deceitful and corrupt human nature is the nature of our God! Over the last several weeks, I have been contemplating Romans 3:4, trying to grasp the statement, “…Let God be true though everyone were a liar…” Jesus gives some insight into this description of God by stating that God is true, and that God’s words are true (John 7:28, 17:3; Revelation 21:5). The NIV uses the word “trustworthy” in Romans 3:4 instead of true, which gives the sense that God is steady and reliable. And in Malachi 3:6 God declares, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Thus, God is not only truthful, He is consistently true to His nature; He is always faithful (2 Timothy 2:13), loving (1 John 4:8), merciful (Psalm 145:8), and just (Psalm 51). God does not sin (James 1:13).
In spite of the huge chasm between sinful humanity and holy God, God did not leave man without a solution to the problem of sin. He sent His Son, Jesus, who, although He was tempted in every way, chose not to sin (Hebrews 4:15). Thus, He qualified Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life,” the only path to God (John 14:6, Hebrews 2:10). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, my slate is wiped clean, and I am made righteous in God’s sight (Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 1:9).
Thank you, Father, for bridging the gap between yourself and humanity by sending Jesus, the only true superhero. May I seek to emulate the attitude of Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).”