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The Rogue and I
By Zelda Dominguez
Born Anna Marie, the fictional superhero Rogue was created by Marvel comics. Her character is a mutant human that possesses a genetic trait that causes her to develop superhuman powers. According to the Marvel & DC Wiki page, “Rogue has the involuntary ability to absorb, and sometimes also remove the memories, physical strength, and superpowers of anyone she touches.” After experiencing some tragic things, she is persuaded to use her powers for evil, but in the end she becomes a superhero and uses them for good.
Have you noticed that the people who are most angry, hateful, bitter, vengeful or most in pain that beneath all that have been hurt deeply. I never imagined writing about Rogue, but after learning about her character, I discovered we have a few things we can relate to.
Like Rogue would absorb from the other person she was in contact with, so do we. Rogue saw this as a curse. For us it is more of the law of reaping and sowing. Whether you believe in God or not, the principle of sowing and reaping applies to all. This is a law of life. God has built this into the fabric of creation in order to deliver a response to our actions. You see, all actions have consequences, whether positive or negative.
Also, like the law of gravity, there is a pull. Now apply that to your relationship with Jesus. If those around you are not on the same level as you spiritually, you will have an opportunity to draw them towards Christ if you are spiritually mature. Otherwise they can pull you down, spiritually, emotionally, financially, ultimately destroying you.
In I Corinthian 15:33, the apostle Paul tells us, “Stop being deceived: Wicked friends lead to evil ends ” (ISV). Another version says, “Don’t be misled: Bad company corrupts good character” (NIV). It is warning us that if we are in close contact, we are at risk of being influenced by them to sin.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
– Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
Although Rogue is fictional, we have supernatural powers graciously given to the believer by God.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere” (NLT). The next scriptures describe this:
“Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.”
– Mathew 10:1 (NLT)
“That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…”
– Ephesians 3:16 (ESV)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us… ”
– Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
– Isaiah 40:29 (ESV)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.”
– John 14:12 (ESV)
As Christ followers, we too have three foes we battle against, the world, the flesh, and demonic forces. But God gives us the ability to overcome and have victory through Jesus and the power we have in him.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
“He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.”
– Psalm 18:17 (NLT)
“Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”
– Psalm 44:5 (NLT)
“Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
– Ephesians 1:21 (NLT)