My wife and I went to the movie Salt last night (late last night... ugh) and both walked away thinking the movie was so so. While it was entertaining and the effects were pretty neat it was just too hard to believe the plot. It was so big! The characters were just too much of everything; too unstoppable, too cunning, too amazing to be believable.
I'm not a movie buff, I haven't been to the theaters in a while (sadly) but my perception is that this isn't an isolated event. So many movies are about people who are bigger-than-life and who accomplish mighty and amazing things the rest of us could never possibly dream of doing.
While it's sort of fun to watch; it's impossible to relate to. It doesn't change a person in any way.
I think part of the reason I'm so hard on these types of movies is that I'm a simple; relatively inconsequential person and these movies make one thing clear; the lives of important and special people are more interesting and worthy of attention than the rest of us. If I don't stand out from the crowd then I'm going to be lost in it.
Thank goodness Christianity isn't that way.
We believe in a God who is intensely interested in the least interesting of us. A God who has counted the hairs of our heads. We have a Church that records the lives of the saints; those who have gone before us in great faith. These saints were mighty and meek, rich and poor, important and simple and all held up as a model for us to follow. Everyone—even a simple guy like me—can easily find a saint to relate to. The message becomes no matter who you are, you matter and you have a chance for greatness in what matters; holiness.
You don't need to be able to jump from an overpass onto a moving truck, get shot, and then run ten blocks. You don't need to know twenty languages or how to knock out ten armed guards with only a toothpick and a rubber duck. All you need to know how to do is follow God; a task absolutely anyone can perform because we do it by allowing his grace to work in us; we simply cooperate with it.
This is just one more reason why the Gospel is such good news!