"I think we can learn a lot from Spider-Man. 'With great power comes great responsibility.' This is the most famous of quotes, and I would be a terrible comic nerd if I didn't put it first and foremost. The truth is that this has a lot of relevance for us as Adventists. I mostly agree that we have been given special light that other denominations haven't- we don't have a monopoly on it like some people say- but are we doing everything in our power to spread that light? Are we the leaders when it comes to worship? Are we on the cutting edge of evangelism and discipleship? Are we fully engaging our members into a deeper relationship with Jesus? With great power comes great responsibility.
Ordinary people can be heroes. Peter Parker is just a normal high school student who is given the opportunity to be something more. It has nothing to do with his character. He isn't a billionaire, he doesn't have extraordinary skills already. But he adjusts to this new life by turning himself into the hero he can be. One of the core beliefs of our church is that anyone can read the Word of God and be called to spread his Word. Our heroes are often simple people who just packed up and gave everything to the cause: not great scholars, not elite preachers, just ordinary schmoes who answer the call to serve.
Doing the right thing is not always popular. Peter's boss, J. Jonah Jameson, is determined to turn the public against Spider-Man, and he often is successful. Despite all the good that Spider-Man does, he is rarely thanked and most often takes the brunt of the blame for bad situations. But that doesn't stop him from continuing to answer the call for help. Don't expect popularity just because you're doing the right thing. Integrity means that accolades and gratitude are just icing on the cake. The gospel is a message of hope, but it is one that should radically change up our lives. It wasn't popular when Jesus preached it, it shouldn't be popular when we share it. People love the status quo, and nothing shakes up your life more than Jesus does! Don't expect the message we share to be popular, but that shouldn't stop us from sharing it."