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Friday, June 14, 2013

Will and Compliance

Were you more compliant or strong-willed as a child? How are your children like you? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1254).

Last night Kunte and I saw a premiere of the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”. The movie made some strong parallels between Jesus and Superman: for example, both were saviors of the world, both were in some sense alien as compared to regular men, both had to suffer, and both despite their efforts to accomplish good for mankind and be man’s best friend were roundly distrusted and even thought by some to be dangerous enemies. If you were to ask regarding Jesus and Superman whether they were compliant or strong-willed, I think for both you would have to answer both. They were compliant in their sensitivity and even tentativeness—in their profound humility; yet none had stronger wills than they when it came to doing their fathers’ will. Both could stand and stand with great resolve despite the dangers presented in the midst of conflict. What I am saying in the end is that compliance and being strong-willed are not mutually exclusive. A compliance born even from the Beatitudes can stand up under immense pressures with triangular integrity. And fortunately for the welfare of mankind, most everyone can identify in their heart of hearts with this sometimes poignant paradox of love.

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