We’ve looked at truth and justice. For the next three posts we’re going to look at everything Jesus taught about the American way.
We’ve picked three of the core values that most of us share as Americans, and we will hold them up against the teachings of Jesus to see what we find. As core values ,they often are completely unquestioned. We just believe them and sometimes we don’t even know that we believe them. They just are.
And the first one is really captured by Superman, especially when the bullets bounce off of his chest.
And that’s toughness.
Being super tough is what gets you hero status for us here in America. We worship the kind of power that makes others submit, whether they like it or not.
On the screen, power usually belongs to a good guy who just wants to be left alone until he’s pushed to the edge. But once he is pushed far enough, he always kills all the bad guys. And there’s something in us as Americans that says that’s what it means to be tough.
But what did Jesus teach?
Well, Jesus taught a kind of toughness especially for people with no power.