If any of you are comic book fans, you might recognize this phrase. It is most commonly attached with the first superhero, Superman. I’ve been a fan of superheroes for as long as I can remember. It started with the infamous Larryboy from Veggietales. “I am that hero!” was his catchphrase. I even showed up to a first-grade costume party as Larryboy. I ever so slightly matured and moved onto Spider-Man! This opened the world of Marvel Comics and movies to me, and the wonderous mysteries within: The X-Men, The Avengers, and so much more. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that I even cared about anything from DC Comics.
2013 was the year Man of Steel was released; a controversial film that “modernized” the story of Superman. It was then that I truly discovered the character behind the “Big Blue Boy Scout.” I had always been attracted to the idea of superheroes because of their “out of this world” stories and abilities, but with Superman, it was about his morality and integrity. Ironically, as an alien, he is the pinnacle of what is best about humanity. He was raised to do good and be good, no matter what. Superman became my role model.
“Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” These values are what so many armed/unarmed service men and women have fought for. These values are the basis of our freedom. The problem today is this: what are their actual definitions? The unfortunate circumstance is these values have become so convoluted that our forefathers would likely be embarrassed beyond measure. Truth has become relative, justice is warped, and the American Way is now frowned upon.
The truth is simple, right? At least, it should be. Due to our sinful nature, the truth is not always easy to distinguish. This is where our greatest asset comes into play: The Bible. Carefully observe the following verses. John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” and John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We can easily conclude that Jesus is the Word, and the Word is truth. The Word should not be taken for granted, and yet, we are all guilty of just that. His Word can guide us through the trials of this world, if only we would read it. The greys we experience can become black and white as they should be. We will never have all the answers, but each one of us can be a piece of the puzzle as we discover the truth of God through Jesus. I find it amazing that The Bible is a single book, but it touches all that read it in an infinite array of ways. That is the undeniable power of God. That is the undeniable power of pure truth.
The definition of justice is not as easy to define. The Bible teaches “an eye for an eye,” but also says “’vengeance is mine’ saith the Lord.” Which is it? Jesus cleared up the confusion, and it boils down to this: when Jesus came, he fulfilled the Law of Moses, and a new Law was placed. He became the eternal blood sacrifice and “The Way” to salvation. Matthew 5:38-41 shows us one of the changes to the Law in the words of Jesus: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Revenge is often the immediate thought when being wronged, but as Christians, we are tasked with showing restraint and responding in love. Unfortunately, we can still have a corrupt justice system when it comes to court and prison, but we do the best we can to reflect the light and truth through the corruption.
The American Way
The 20th century saw the rise of “The American Way.” If you have the spirit and determination, you can work your way up from nothing and make something out of yourself. You can have the perfect cookie-cutter family, perfect cookie-cutter job, and perfect cookie-cutter car. While perfection is a fantasy, and the cookie-cutter mold has been broken in numerous ways, the dream should not change. Again, the corruption of sin rears its ugly head. Many now view those that have money with disdain. It is automatically assumed that the rich did not rightfully earn the money, that it must be shared, and life is unfair. These thoughts stem from a jealous and entitled mindset that has proliferated millions of people, namely millennials like me. Yes, there are those that may have cheated, lied, and stolen for the money, but we do not view them with hatred or jealousy. The same goes for those that honestly earned their wealth. Instead, we should take inspiration from those that earned their money and be thankful that we are firm in our own integrity.
The American Dream does still exist, and we can still strive for it. However, we must remember to keep Christ at the center of our life.
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Cameron Jordan is a mechanical engineering student at Trident Tech, getting ready to finish his last two years at The Citadel. Cameron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.