Summary: This fun sermon series uses comic-book heroes as modern-day parables, uncovering hidden spiritual messages in the stories of superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Spider-man. Most of these sermons are expository, alliterated and have PowerPoint!
Holy Heroes: Captain America
Scott Bayles, pastor
Blooming Grove Christian Church: 11/10/2013
Good morning and welcome to Blooming Grove. If you are visiting with us today, I hope you feel right at home—like a part of the family. These past several weeks I’ve been preaching about superheroes—using the stories of these fictional comic-book characters as modern-day parables that illustrate spiritual lessons.
Last Sunday we saw how Iron-Man’s hi-tech armor parallels and points toward the Full Armor of God. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit empower us to stand against the onslaught of Satan. There is one piece of armor issued to Christians, however, that Iron-Man doesn’t brandish—a shield.
The Bible says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16 NLT).
While Iron-Man may not wield a shield, there is another iconic superhero who does—Captain America! Created in 1940 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America was Marvel Comics’ (the Timely Comics) first superhero. Stan Lee calls Captain America “the very definition of a superhero.” Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America in the movies has said, “He’s everything I wish I could be as a man… he’s just good for the sake of good.” It’s for that reason that I have grown to love Captain America.
Most recently I masked myself as Captain America for the Route 66 Mother Road Festival held in Springfield, Illinois where my wife, son, and I interacted with families at a booth for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois. Their mission is to protect children from abusive situations and showcasing some superheroes helped symbolize that. I’ll never forget my first time dressing as Captain America, though. We were, once again, in Metropolis on a sweltering and sunny afternoon in June of 2009, when a little boy—no more than four years old—appeared out of nowhere, wrapped his arms tightly around my legs and whispered, “I love you Captain America.” My heart melted and I knew instantly that I would be doing this costuming thing for years to come.
The story of Captain America is really the story of Steve Rogers, a skinny kid from Brooklyn. Despite his scrawny and sickly physic, Steve volunteered for a top-secret military experiment called Operation: Rebirth. Chosen because of his altruistic and patriotic heart, Steve was injected with a special serum and bombarded with “Vita-Rays” which transformed him from a frail young man to the peak of human perfection—the super-soldier, Captain America! Imbued with enhanced strength, speed, and agility, Captain America became the Sentinel of Liberty as he defended freedom against the Nazis. Then, after being lost in the Arctic and frozen in ice for decades, he was found and thawed out by the Avengers and continues to fight by their sides as a man out of time.