Psalms 11:5 – The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.

Odysseus. Robin Hood. Superman. Batman. Wolverine. Thor. Hulk. Bruce Lee. Lara Croft. Master Chief.  Cloud. Ethan Hunt. James Bond. Luke Skywalker.  Aang.  It’s an incomplete list.

They are all heroes.  They are all saviors.  Some are gods, some are men.  They are all immensely popular.  They are all violent.

There is a strange fascination with the violent hero.  I’ve felt the pull myself.  Why are we attracted to violent heroes?  I think the devil wants us to have heroes like this.  Whether ancient mythology, or the present Hollywood, digital, or superhero mythology, they all take the true definition of a hero or savior and warp it.  The physical violence that they display is the outworking of an inner hatred.  Their violence is powered by a desire to destroy and not to heal.

Our great Adversary, Satan, attacked God in heaven and was cast out.  In the end, Jesus will come as a conquering king and destroy him.  God does use violence, but what is the difference?

Satan has always hated his Enemy and sought to destroy him to conquer the universe.  God has never stopped loving his enemy, but will destroy him to bring peace to the Universe.

Satan sacrificed his place in heaven to exalt himself at any cost.  Christ sacrificed his place in heaven to humble himself at any cost.

Satan’s hatred led him to kill his enemy.  On the contrary, it is Christ’s love for His enemy, and the rest of the created beings, that will lead him to kill His enemy.

When we are used and abused in this life, Christ asks us to pray for our enemies, that by displaying His character we might win them.  However, if they hold on to the character of our Adversary, we know that we have a just King who will make all right when He executes His judgment.

Romans 12:17-21 – Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

As our Savior did.