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In one particular M*A*S*H episode, the character of Charles Emerson Winchester III has been on leave, only to have a woman show up at the unit who he had met on leave and claimed to be his wife. He, of course, being a upright person, was appalled to find out he had acted on leave in such a manner as to lose control of himself. The wedding was only a fabrication of one evening’s partying, but that was not the way a Winchester acted, and he was ashamed.
"Batman Begins" movie has a scene in it that I like – Bruce Wayne aka Batman puts on the playboy act—meant to keep people from connecting him with the crusading hero Batman— Wayne’s girlfriend from his past and now a zealous district attorney, saw all that and relates her disappointment in what she thinks he has become. Wayne wanted to defend himself but she tells him, “It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you” and asks, “What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing?”
What you do defines you!!! What you do matters... And if the good people do nothing what chance will the world have?
I remember in the Batman movie the Joker once said to Vickie Vail, "I may be smiling on the outside, but I am crying within." What about you today? Are you crying within? Are you in need of soul rest? Then why don’t you come to Jesus today? He will give you rest. He will give you internal peace. He is the answer to your deepest hurt or pain. Hear His plea again today - Come unto me all you who are burdened and heavy laden I will give you rest.
Last week during fellowship, I told some of you about a scene from the Dark Knight, the new Batman movie. Have any of you seen the movie?
The Joker threatens the city of Gotham, so the mayor decides to begin evacuating the city. The prison is emptied and put on a ferry to carry them away so that the Joker can't somehow free them and use them to help him destroy the city. In addition, some of the city's most upstanding citizens are placed on another ferry to carry them to safety. A couple of the ferry's crew hand packages to the captain's of the respective ships. The Joker gives to each ferry instructions via their PA systems. Each ferry is rigged with explosives and each ferry has the detonator for the other ferry.
You see the Joker wanted to perform a little social experiment. He wanted to see who thought they were better than the others. The upstanding citizens very quickly took a vote to see if they should blow the criminals sky high. The guards closed ranks around the prison warden as the prisoners close in to seize control of the detonato...
If there is one thing God wants of us very desperately in these days, that one thing is RELATIONSHIP. I sincerely believe God wants to renew our relationship with him and is looking to bridge the distance between us. For some, the first step of bridging the distance is having a relationship with God to begin with. We live in a time when thousands of people are religious but are not in relationship with God. (Batman's foe, Two-Face, is characteristic of their lives where one reality exists on Sunday and quite another Monday to Saturday). They may go to church and sing the songs, but they are not in relationship. They may be involved in all kinds of good deeds for people in their community, but they are not in relationship. Some of them go to youth group, Bible camp, music camp, sponsor children or go on mission’s trips, but are not in relationship. They pay their bills, don’t cheat on their taxes and provide for their families, but they are not in relationship. They care about their neighbors and pitch in where they can to help in any way possible, but they are not in relationship. They live morally and live life fully, embracing a value system that would make us proud to be called their friend, but they are not in relationship. While all these realities are note-worthy and commendable practices, these cannot replace, repair or rectify a life that is not in relationship with God.
There is a scene in The Dark Knight (available from wingclips.com) where Bruce Wayne and Alfred discuss Batman's previous nights escapades. Batman had gotten beat up a little. Alfred tells Bruce that he needs to know his limits. Do we know our limits?