It was while I was speaking to some awesome Senior High teens at Covenant Hills Camp that this came to mind. I opened the morning session with Q&A, which is typically riddled with questions mundane (do you like cake?) and deep (what is the meaning of life? Answer: cake).
One teen asked me who’s better: Spiderman or Batman?
I think Batman is better, and here’s why:
– Batman works within the limitations of his humanity, whereas Spiderman has, genetically speaking, the upper hand.
– Batman is humble enough to admit that he needs help and hires Robin. Spiderman has no staff to speak of.
– Batman has been played by about 71 different actors in the last 20 years. Spider man? Just Tobey.
and here’s where it got theological:
– Spiderman was forced by a spider-bite that could’ve happened to anyone but Batman chose to use his fortune for hero-work.
Therefore: Spiderman represents predestination and Batman represents free-will. Spidey? Heroism chose Spidey. Batman chose heroism.
I had to get it written down (blogged) before I forgot.
Thanks for listening.