In this message we’re going to talk about God’s truth as we find it in the Batman film, The Dark Knight. What does this top grossing North American phenomenon have to teach us about the nature of good and evil?
“It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?”
St. Paul in Romans 7:21-24, MSG
“[Batman’s] a symbol that we don’t need to be afraid”
One of the Joker’s victim
But “Gotham needs a hero with a face...”
“This city just showed you that it is full of people
willing to believe in good."
Batman to the Joker
(Common Grace (defn) - “[The Holy Spirit] restrains for the present the deteriorating and devastating influence of sin in the lives of men and society, and enables men to maintain a certain order and decorum in their communal life, to do what is outwardly good and right in their relations to each other, and to develop the talents with which they were endowed at creation.”
Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p426
He [God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Jesus in Matthew 5:45, NIV
“You don’t leave things like this to chance”
Rachel to Harvey Dent