Rom. 6:12 ¶ Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
I haven’t seen the new Batman movie but we all know the story and all know the wacky bad guys. I guess the Joker is the most famous, or infamous, of the bizarre villains in the Batman stories. He was known as weird, smart, with that stupid grin on his face. The recent tragedy in the Colorado movie theatre seems to be inspired by the Joker. This smarter than average guy (I think he was a PHD student in neurology) seemed to go off the tracks and the nightmare at the movies was birthed. All sorts of speculation has been given about why. Some say he was angry or depressed about his school problems, others say he was looking to be famous. I am sure the psychoanalysts have it all sorted out. At the end of the day this is just another example of the obvious, we are all tainted with sin. We are part of a fallen race that has deep issues resulting from our nature of sin. Sin has created “monsters” from the beginning of time. There was Cain who killed his brother Abel, there was Pharaoh and Herod that tried to kill a generation of Hebrew children, and there was Saul of Tarsus who led a violent onslaught on the early church. Then there was Adolf Hitler and his extermination of the jews and Sadam Hussein who tried to exterminate rival tribes in Iraq and presently there is the crazy Assad in Syria exterminating his own people. Sin is entrenched in the human nature and will go further than any of us could ever imagine.
That brings us back to the random, senseless killings in Aurora, Colorado just a few days ago. No one in their craziest, random thoughts would have expected that opening night of Batman to take such a dark turn. It was just make believe. Opening night, more like a costume party than a nightmare. That is really the way every day is, a costume party shadowing the nightmare just below the surface ready to break out at any moment. Reminds me of a song from Phantom of the Opera called Masquerade, here are some of the lyrics.
“Masquerade! Paper faces on parade Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you Masquerade! Every face a different shade Masquerade! Look around, there’s another mask behind you.
Masquerade! Grinning yellows, spinning reds Masquerade! Take your fill, let the spectacle astound you Masquerade! Burning glances, turning heads Masquerade! Stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you Masquerade! Seething shadows breathing lies Masquerade! You can fool any friend who ever knew you Masquerade! Leering satyrs, peering eyes Masquerade! Run and hide, but a face will still pursue you.”
We all can wear the mask and hide who we really are, some of us are quite good at it. How does the mask come off? How do we leave the Masquerade? If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all things become new. If you are tired of the costume party, take off the mask and yield your heart to Jesus Christ.