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The headline of the most recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine reads: "Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman revels in his role as Marvel’s Messiah in incredible Rolling Stone shoot." Besides the headline, there is a huge photo of the 40-year-old actor showing the top part of his naked body with a crown of thorns on his head.
This biblical allusion should remind Christians of something. Then this should infuriate Christians. If not, then they should question their Christianity.
Just in case someone is reading this and is baffled by the above statements, here is some help understanding. It is a mockery for someone to be photographed as a portrayal of Jesus who was the real Messiah. Jesus was the one who died for the sins of His people. The blood He shed was real. The beatings He endured were real. The piercings in His hands and feet and the hole in his side were real.
No other man could have done what Jesus did. No other man could have endured what Jesus did as a redemptive act for our forgiveness for the sins we have committed and the ones we are still committing, according to Romans 3:23.
Offended or Not?
Should Christians be offended by the picture, the headline and the story where Boseman is indirectly portrayed as Jesus on the cross? Some people, including Christians, are outraged because of the headline and the photo. Others are outraged because Christians are outraged because they find nothing wrong with it.
They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." That picture should speak to the spirit of all people who call themselves Christians. That photo should question the statement the photo is making.
People might be wondering if Boseman agreed to the photo and being called a Messiah. According to headline in Rolling Stone, Boseman "revels in his role as Marvel's Messiah in his incredible photo shoot." Therefore, he did know about the image.
According to his bio, Boseman is a Christian. His former pastor describes him as a man who still keeps his faith. Boseman has stated in interviews that he prayed to be the Black Panther before he was selected to be the starring character.
Chadwick Boseman is called Marvel's Messiah. That's fictional. Jesus Christ's was called the Messiah. That's real.
A Fictional Movie
It is no secret that "Black Panther" shattered box office records during the opening weekend of the movie in February. There is nothing wrong with people seeing and enjoying the first superhero film with a predominantly black cast, black writers, a black director, a black executive producer, and black costume and production designers.
Chadwick Boseman might go down in history being described as "Marvel's Messiah." However, his portrayal was fictional. There is nothing fictional about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins.
This should be a teachable moment for religious leaders to explain the difference between the fictional movie and the real Messiah who died on the cross that our sins will be forgiven and we will have eternal life.
For those who read and disagree with what is written herein, just remember that you are entitled to your opinion even if it doesn't correspond with mine. Feel free to comment, but know that "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for everyone who believes..." (Romans 1:16).