Do you have a favorite Masked Man? There are so many to choose from. Masked SUPER HEROES are known for saving people – sometimes even saving the world.
Did you know that many of the Super heroes that we admire today, were created during the 1930’s and 1940’s and were first introduced on radio (before television was invented) after which they often found their way into comic books, some of which are worth millions today? In fact, the first comic with Superman in it sold for over 3.2 Million Dollars.
America’s first two super hero’s, SUPERMAN and BATMAN arrived in the 1930’s. Both were Orphans. Hmmm. I wonder if that means something? One had super powers but didn’t wear a mask. The other had no super powers at all, but had lots of money and knew martial arts – both were Heroes just the same.
SUPERMAN was apparently sent to earth as an infant by his father from Planet Krypton before it was destroyed and when Superman became an adult he disguised himself as Clark Kent, a mild mannered, newspaper reporter – wearing a suit and dark rimmed glasses.
When he was needed as a Super Hero he would simply go into a phone booth (Yes, before cell phones people used booths set up all over the city to use a telephone.) …
and in the blink of an eye, he would change his hair (leaving an obvious curl on his forehead), discard his glasses and his business suit, don tights and a cape and off he’d go…
– “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings with a single bound”. No. It wasn’t a bird or a plane. It was Superman to the rescue.
BATMAN was an orphan turned hero. He did not have any “so called” super powers, although he was a genius and a master of martial art. His fortune provided him with an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment which helped him in fighting crime in Gotham City.
More Superhero’s were created in the 1940’s and became favorites of thousands upon thousands of service men fighting in World War Two. Actually, it was our service men and women who were the real HEROES.
(To all that served and are serving in our armed forces,THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.)
All of the Superheroes that we loved and admired in the 1940’s were all regular people hiding their true identities behind a mask like The GREEN LANTERN, who was really an Engineer named Alan Scott.
The GREEN HORNET, aka Britt Reid, was a newspaper publisher.
My Favorite, Captain America, was apparently a bony, 90-pound weakling named Steve Rogers, according to Wikipedia, who was recruited into a top-secret military experiment. He was apparently injected with a “Super-Soldier Serum” and blasted with “Vita-Rays,” and was transformed into a super – soldier with off-the-charts strength, stamina and intelligence. My kind of guy. Where is he when you need him? We could use him now!
In the late 1950’s, I remember sitting glued in front of the television watching another masked Hero – one that didn’t wear tights and have super powers. With …“A fiery horse with the speed of light and a hearty hi-yo Silver!”… THE LONE RANGER and his horse SILVER, with his faithful friend TONTO, would ride across the screen fighting villains and saving the day. I used to love watching them Saturday mornings when I was (VERY) young. I even had a lunch box with their picture on it.
Later, in the 1960’s, I remember when a new, younger, masked Superhero emerged – a teenage, high school student, named Peter Parker, from Queens became an awesome masked Hero named Spider-Man. I was on the brink of being a teenager then and I, with most of the boys in my class, thought he was pretty awesome.
However, out of all the masked Heroes, I think my most favorite masked person today, is the Marvel Comic hero, IRON MAN. Who doesn’t love or at least like Iron Man, aka Tony Stark.
Tony Stark was a wealthy American business man / ingenious scientist / inventor who suffered a severe chest injury during a kidnapping. When his captors tried to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction he created a suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, he developed and redesigned his suit many times through the years, adding weapons and other devices he created through his company, Stark Industries. He used his suit to fight evil and to protect the world as Iron Man.
He gave “hope and inspiration” to fans worldwide for years and in his last movie, Avenger’s Endgame, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, (played by Robert Downey Jr.), died, giving his life to save the world. Hmm, Amazing! What a HERO! Sounds familiar.
Not only are we head over heals about our Superheroes, we are also enthralled with super, out of the ordinary, EVIL Characters like DARTH VADER aka Anikan Skywalker, who was a powerful Jedi Knight but was lured to the dark side of the Force.
As Darth Vader, he was the ultimate figure of evil until he redeemed himself by saving his son, Luke Skywalker, sacrificing his own life in the process.
It just proves that there is hope and forgiveness for all who are lost.
BOBA FETT, a Bounty Hunter from Star Wars, along with SAURON from Lord of the Rings, GHOSTFACE from the movie Scream, JASON from Friday the 13th and CAT WOMAN – all hid behind their masks doing evil.
All of the examples of our Superheroes, depict brave individuals who decided to stand up and fight against all of these crazy, scary Super Villains and Evil Menaces.
Some, like Superman, even encountered ordinary people, just like you and me, who decided that violence and a life of crime was their mission in life.
Each one of these amazing heroes decided to dedicate their lives to fighting for freedom and liberty while serving, protecting and rescuing those in need. Sound familiar?
Open your eyes. There are real live SUPERHEROES living among us now, today, even next door. There may even be some digging up your back yard as we speak. Woof Woof.
They aren’t comic book heroes or movie stars dressing the part. They aren’t pretend.
Who are those MASKED men and women fighting and dying, in the name of Freedom and Democracy, on the front lines in foreign countries to protect our Rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and PURSUIT of HAPPINESS?
Theyr’e our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers.
Who are those MASKED men and women working tirelessly in hospitals during the covid crisis?
Who are those real life, masked, First Responder Heroes that are serving, protecting and rescuing us.
We should Honor our everyday Super Heroes. They put their lives on the line for us every day.
Sure, you might argue there are some bad apples…no…rotten apples in the bunch… but it doesn’t mean they are all bad.
There’s always some bad fruit in every bunch – Whites, Blacks, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Priests, Rabbis, Police, Teachers, Lawyers, Doctors, Dads and Moms, Democrats and Republicans. I’m sure you fall into one of these groups and your’e not bad. ARE YOU?
Which bunch are you in? Are you one of the rotten ones in the bunch? Should we call the entire bunch bad and throw them all out – hate them all because of a few rotten ones? I Hope not or we all may end up in the trash.
We all wear masks now so hiding how we feel, hiding our anger is easier. Maybe no one will see us or recognize us when we shake our finger at our neighbor. God does.
We each have a choice whether to hide behind our masks or we can shine through them.
How do we know what kind of people are behind all of the masks we see today, everyday, everywhere?
How do we know what kind of people they are or maybe… everyone is looking at you and wondering what kind of person YOU are?
Should you wear a sign or yell out “I’m one of the GOOD GUYS!” Remember that Actions speak louder than words or signs. In a world where we look up to superheroes in masks why not be a superhero yourself – with or without a mask?
How can you be a SUPERHERO? Believe Outside the Box and BELIEVE the unbelievable. GIVE even when you have little to Give. LOVE the Unloveable and FORGIVE the Unforgivable even if they are rotten to the core and don’t deserve it.
In John 8:7-9 it says: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?” But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Who among you is without sin?” (or some rotten parts) “Let them throw the first stone.” They each turned and left.
Be careful to judge lest you be judged for your own rotten parts, your hatred, your sin. Forgive as you would want to be forgiven.
How can I do that? you ask. You don’t have to do it alone. In fact without God’s help it’s nearly impossible. Just ask Him.
Using the SUPER POWER of GOD is what it takes to do things that the world can not understand. His power is greater than any fictitious super power. He is greater than all the Super Heroes and Super Villains combined and then some.
Let God into your heart. Let His Super Power dwell within you. Let His Super, Bright, Powerful Light Shine through YOU – Believe, Repent, Forgive and Love especially when none of it makes any sense to do so.
Let your actions show the world who YOU are and WHO dwells within you behind that mask and maybe they’ll be asking “Who is that masked man?“
They will know we are Christians by our LOVE…and May HIS FORCE BE WITH YOU!
From my heart to yours, VICTORIA