Monday, June 30, 2008

Redeeming The Hulk - One Stitch at a Time

I've been thinking about anger and how unchecked it causes so much damage.

That's what the latest Incredible Hulk is about: unchecked anger and the threat it poses to all.

But is it possible to use anger for good? To bind up wounds instead of causing them?

That's what Ang Lee's Hulk is about, and why it ends with a superior message in my opinion. In the end Dr. Banner is using his travels due to his curse to give medical aide to poor villagers - and when threatened by the oppressive regime, he's got an invincible card to play.

He ain't stoppable. At all.

And you know what other movie ends with an unstoppable superhuman angry beast getting healed and using their power for good? For restoration?


You know, the little alien beast from from Disney's movie
Lilo and Stitch?

*sigh* (If you watched Good Will Hunting, you can watch this...)

"Be angry, yet do not sin."

That's what Paul wrote.

Not "Oh mercy me! Don't ever get angry!"

No. Just don't disobey God IN your anger.

God gets angry. He expects us to get angry too. But He hopes it is at injustice, cruelty and oppression.

Not angry that our ego got hurt, but that others are getting hurt - or trivialized - or ostracized.

Jesus Himself got angry when rules became more important than people:
Luke 13: 10-17 - A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."

The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

When you get angry, let it be for those who are helpless and hurting, those who are being used. (Note wisely: not just those who SAY they're helpless - use your brain to discern, OK?) Be sure that you USE your anger to fight the RIGHT targets and not just add to the collateral damage of the Fall.

Wounded people need "Stitches" to get better. They need the Angry People of the world to get moving for the right reason - and bind up what is falling apart in this world.

That's all, folks.


Love ya, Stitch.

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