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Big Tasks are Accompanied by Big Doubts

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Batman assembles a team of super-champions to take on a rising tide of super-villains. An ancient entity named Steppenwolf is leading an army in a hunt for a weapon powerful enough to destroy the planet. Humanity needs a team of heroes.

The film’s world of CGI heroics and villainy is humanized when high school student Barry Allen is invited to join the league. Initially, Allen (aka Flash) is super-excited to be in a super-hero league. It is always more exciting to “be” than it is to “do.” But when it comes time to do what superheroes do (i.e. save people), the Flash finds himself paralyzed with uncertainty. Preparing to take on the evil Steppenwolf, the Flash tries to explain his emotional struggle to Batman:

Here’s the thing. See, I’m afraid of bugs, and guns, and obnoxiously tall people. I can’t be here! It’s really cool you guys seem ready to do battle and stuff, but I’ve never done battle. I’ve just pushed some people and run away!”

Batman brings clarity to fear with two simple words:

Batman: “Save one.”
The Flash: What?
Batman: Save one person.
The Flash: Which one?
Batman: Don’t talk. Don’t fight. Get in. Get one out.
The Flash: And then?
Batman: You’ll know.

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Big tasks are commonly accompanied by big doubts. We need God’s power in our weakness. (2) Sometimes Jesus doesn’t ask us to do big, heroic deeds. He merely calls us to do the small deeds of kindness right in front of us.

Justice League (Warner Brothers, 2017), rated PG-13, directed by Zack Snyder

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