So You Wanna Be a Green Lantern?

So You Wanna Be a
Green Lantern?

A Reflection on the Film Now in Theaters

Who wouldn’t want to be …
Chosen for a great task?

Equipped with a really cool power ring?

Outfitted in an awesome glowing green bodysuit?

Test pilot Hal Jordan did!

Of course he also had to . . .

Be tutored by Tomar-Re, a fish-faced alien.

Go through boot camp with Kilowog, a cross between a gorilla and a hippopotamus.

Be overseen by the Guardians, owl-like blue beings on perches.

And face off against Hector Hammond, a scientist who morphs into David Crosby on a bad hair day.

Though he admits he’s afraid, Hal can only save Earth by not giving into fear, the ultimate evil.

But let’s face it … we’re not really superheroes.

Unlike Green Lantern, we don’t always overcome our fears.

Some fear death…
others fear life.
Some are afraid of sickness or pain…
others are afraid of failure.
(Some are even afraid of success.)

Many fear that their lives don’t have meaning.

Some fear the inevitable sequel to this movie.

We can’t overcome our fears like Hal Jordan, just by will power.  But there is a way to conquer fear:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. — 1John 4:18.

But who has perfect love? Only one person, who said:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” — John 14:27

That was Jesus speaking. He wasn’t a test pilot, but he landed on earth to show us God’s love, to take away our fears, and to fulfill our hopes by giving his life for our sins.

For that, you don’t need a power ring.

Don’t be afraid to check it out.
Visit this link.



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Rich Robinson | San Francisco

Scholar in Residence, Missionary

Rich Robinson is a veteran missionary and senior researcher at the San Francisco headquarters of Jews for Jesus. Rich has written several books on Jewishness and Jesus, and he received his Ph.D. in biblical studies and hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.

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