Next year, we will be introduced to yet another Batman movie. With an all-new cast of actors, viewers will be plunged into Gotham City, the Dark Knight, and a rogues' gallery of villains.
Batman has the best villains: Ra's al Ghul, Penguin, Scarecrow, Catwoman, Bane, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, Poison Ivey, and the Joker.
Every good story needs a villain.
The Bible has many villains: Goliath, Jezebel, Pharaoh, Saul of Tarsus, Ahab, Haman, Cain, Judas, Delilah, the Philistines, Caesar, Herod.
There is an apparent line in the sand between right and wrong, good and evil, hero and villain.
The Bible might call villainy by the name Jezebel or Goliath, but at the core of these stories is a lesson on fear, rejection, isolation, control, addiction, failures, mistakes, change, failed expectations, timidity.
As much as things change, they do stay the same. We live in a world, and we are people susceptible to such crippling obstacles in our work, health, family, relationships, and friendships.
We fail to see, often in the middle of the conflict and chaos of these crippling obstacles, that they are preventing us from living our lives in the way God designed.
Over the last two months, we have been in a series, “Dumping Jezebel.” Each week, we have focused on the many fiercest emotional obstacles that prevent us from living the way God desires.
As we wrap up our series on Sunday, looking at timidity, I wonder if we are ready to dump Jezebel and boldly step forward in faith.