One of my favorite movies of all-time is The Dark Knight. I find the movie very fascinating for a lot of reasons. Batman is the main character of the film, but he is not necessarily seen as the primary hero. District Attorney Harvey Dent is committed to eliminating organized crime in Gotham City. The Gotham citizens, law enforcement, and Batman himself believed that Harvey Dent is the hero and savior for Gotham. Finally the city had a man who had the best intention to bring peace and justice to a corrupt city. Most notably Bruce Wayne aka Batman was relieved because he realized that he would not need to be Batman one day. They placed their hope on Harvey Dent because he was a man worth believing in.
We want that person who we can respect, honor, and follow. We want a role model that our kids can look up to. When we hear that these people may not be perfect, then we hope that the rumors or allegations are false. We hope that there is no way that this person could do such a thing. The evidence can be overwhelming, but we still have hope that they are worth our admiration. We don’t want to hope for someone who turns out to be a fraud.
I don’t think it is a bad thing for us to have role models, inspirational leaders, or mentors. I believe there are people who we can model our lives after. We should have people we look up to such as pastors, teachers, mentors, parents, and more. I believe there are many things that we can learn from them. We need advocates and people who inspire change in our world. Unfortunately most people have placed hope and direction on the wrong people.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and so spread to all men, because all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
All these individuals are fallen individuals because sin has entered the world and there is no way anyone can be perfect. We are being foolish, when we have the mindset to place our hope on any human being. It would be wrong for us to set impossible perfect standards for anyone.
Human beings realize that they are imperfect and need guidance, so we need to place our hope in someone greater than us. Our hope can be placed in someone who is perfect and meets those standards. That man is God’s own son Jesus Christ. Ever since the fall of man, people were waiting and anticipating for a messiah to come on this Earth and save them from their sins. “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6-7)
Jesus came down to this Earth and lived the perfect life. Unlike our most promising examples, he had no blemishes or imperfections. Jesus lived in a sinful world, so he was put in different environments and situations. The difference between Jesus and every other person is that Jesus was sinless, so he was able to live a perfect life. He set the perfect blueprint of how we should live our lives.
Harvey Dent faced a traumatic tragedy where his girlfriend was killed. Harvey contemplated whether there is any point to fight for justice in such a flawed and corrupt system. The Joker, an anarchist, tempted and encouraged Harvey to turn towards his evil side. Gotham’s savior engaged in evil practices such as killing the corrupt politicians and policemen in Gotham City. Batman and Commissioner Gordon knew about this evil side of Gotham’s savior. The rest of the city did not know about this side of him yet. They both knew how this news would negatively affect Gotham’s citizens. Batman made a decision to take the blame for all of Dent’s evil acts because he did not want people to lose hope in humanity.
Gordon’s son did not understand why Batman had to become the bad guy because he did nothing wrong. Commissioner Gordon explained to his son “He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we will hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he is not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a dark knight.”
Batman is illustrating the concept of bearing the weight of someone else’s sins. He is doing it for the greater good of the city of Gotham. Jesus did this in real life for us. “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus did nothing wrong. We were the sinful people who were alienated from God. The same people who desperately needed a savior were the same people who requested for His death. Jesus’ death was brutal, tragic, and unfair. It is amazing how much Jesus loved us and wanted something so much greater for his humanity. He willingly died for our sins, so that we can be reconciled to God.
It is not a bad thing to follow and respect certain individuals. We need people who inspire and guide us how to live in this world. I believe that God made certain individuals to be leaders. There are some amazing people in this world who love God and bring glory to his name. We need to understand that these individuals are not perfect, so we can’t place all of our hope in them. Some people had the best intentions, but they allowed power to corrupt them.
Jesus Christ lived the perfect life and died our death, so that we can be reconciled to God. Jesus gives us a reason to have faith and hope in Him because through Him we can be reconciled forever to our Father. People will fall, but Jesus never will! He is our Savior, so we can be fully confident to place our hope and faith in Him.