The Gospel According to Green Lantern
With all the tragedy and hardship going on around our nation right now I thought it would be ok to bring a little light (pun intended) into everyone’s day. As a huge huge comic book fan I am excited at the onslaught of DC and Marvel movies in and coming to theaters this year. So I took a moment to share my joy with our worshipping community this past week with a message relating to Green Lantern. My goal was to share how we can see God in everything…even comic books that have nothing to do with religion or faith.
The Guardians of Oa (planet Oa) are the beings who are the self-proclaimed protectors of the universe (and by this I mean the DC Comic universe…of course). They have been around since the beginning of the universe. The Guardians of Oa created the power battery and filled it with a great power. The power when focused through a power ring (not to be confused with a Power Ranger…sorry, I couldn’t help myself) allows the ring bearer to shape that power into anything the ring bearer can imagine. It is limited only by the ring bearers will. The ring bearer has to charge the ring in a power battery, which is connected to the main battery on Oa, which would provide power to the ring for a 24 hour time period before having to be re-charged. The Guardians took that power and provided it to select individuals throughout the universe. Each individual who wore the ring then became a protector of their area of the universe and was known as a Green Lantern. Each Green Lantern was considered one of the most powerful heroes in the universe because they were in possession of one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When the Green Lanterns came together they made up the Green Lantern Corps, one of the most incredible, powerful, unstoppable groups in existence in the DC Comic universe.
As a pastor and a follower of Jesus Christ, I can’t help but see all the theological analogies. God is the creator of this universe and He existed long before its creation. He took the greatest power in existence, His very Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead and gave it to all those who would believe in and trust in Him. Each person who does that then becomes a living walking manifestation of the very presence of God and has in them the single most powerful force in existence. When those people come together they are known as the Church and when they step forward to do God’s will through the direction and anointing of God’s Holy Spirit they become the most incredible, powerful, unstoppable group in existence in this universe.