The Avengers opens in theaters on Friday! Can you dig it?!! I’m out of my mind excited. So excited that I’m dedicating a whole week to Avengers inspired posts.
Typically speaking it’s not a good thing to Hulk out. I wonder though if God has actually wired us to do so?
One of my favorite superheroes is the Incredible Hulk. I’ve liked him since I was a kid. I used to watch reruns of the live action TV show. I remember renting episodes on VHS and devouring them as a kid. I’m really excited to see him in the Avengers because they’ve promised that they are going to make up for the two Hulk movies with the Hulk in the Avengers.
The interesting thing about the Hulk is that he’s not your typical superhero. His alter-ego searches for a cure so that he won’t turn into the Hulk, the military is out to capture him, and if he’s not pointed in the right direction he can do a lot of damage.
The thing that I love about the Hulk is that he’s misunderstood. For the most part his anger, or Hulking out, is used for good. I think that all of us have an inner Hulk that God wants to use for good.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27.
In your anger do not sin. Now there are also verses that tell us to get rid of anger. Either the Bible contradicts itself or there is another answer.
I think that anger is a God ordained emotion. Jesus Hulked out and tossed temple tables because He didn’t like what He saw in the synagogue. God gets angry mutliple times in the Bible and yet God is without sin.
So the question is what’s the difference between our Hulk out and God’s?
Maybe a better question is how can we Hulk out more like God?
The problem with our Hulking out is that it’s selfish. We Hulk out when we don’t get our way. If a waiter is bad we HULK SMASH the table and declare that we won’t leave a good tip. When someone doesn’t invite us to something we Hulk out and make them feel guilty. While playing video games that don’t go our way I may or may not have Hulked out. To this day there is a tooth bite into my Nintendo controller from where I got so angry that I bit my controller. I bit it. I Hulked out. Oh and don’t get me started about traffic. I get angry in traffic and you won’t like me when I’m angry.
Now when God Hulks out it’s about things that matter to God. God is the main idea of everything. I think that when we align our emotions with God we have permission to Hulk out in a way that is not sin.
When we see the “least of these” we should Hulk out and help them. When we see injustice we should Hulk out and help them. When we see something that doesn’t honor God we should Hulk out and do something.
One time I was with Stu Hodges and we were leaving Starbucks. As we were walking out he noticed a car parked in front of the store. It was running. There was a child, that was not strapped in, climbing from the back of the car to the front. Stu Hulked out. He went back into the store and declared, “whose car is this running in front of Starbucks.” He then let them know that it was not safe to leave a car running with a child in the car. That kid could have put the car into drive and created a new way to do a drive thru. He could have hurt himself or orthers. I respeced Stu a lot for that Hulk out. It was right. He didn’t sin. He didn’t cuss out the lady. He simply passed the
test. Have you seen this show. You can read a great blog about it here. The point is that some things deserve a Hulk out. To not Hulk out would be a sign of being apathetic. We need to learn to Hulk out about the things that God cares about. Then, like the Hulk, we can do a lot of good with our anger.
What is something that makes you Hulk out? Did you watch the Hulk TV show? How do you feel about the Hulk’s purple pants?