Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Gospel According to Supernatural

Supernatural ,one of my favorite shows, is about a couple of brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester) who hunt monsters and demons. With it being renewed for an eleventh season this year, obviously it has attracted a bit of a cult following, so many people like it. The question is why? Why do people enjoy watching shows with the bloodshed and fighting against monsters? Well, I guess not so much because of the monsters, but because it shows us monsters can be beaten.

In the show, some monsters, some demons, are only around for an episode or two; others are main villains for several episodes, or even whole seasons. Some demons come back after they were defeated a few seasons earlier. Each person has monsters and demons attacking them daily. Some monsters and some demons come and go every so often, others seem to just hang around all the time.

Sin

We all deal with the demon of sin. Some have larger demons, others have more demons. Any thing we do that distances us from God is sin. He knows that it is still hard for us. His arms are always stretched out to welcome home the prodigal. They are stretched out to comfort those who slip up. The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed from sin, it is also that we can have enabling power to avoid sin.

In Supernatural, demons are not able to pass salt lines on the floor. Salt is a symbol of covenants (Leviticus 2:13). As we honor covenants, and don't break any of the lines they draw about us, the demon of sin can have no power to assail us. Holding on to our covenants, and staying within the bounds the Lord has set provides us with protection.

Addiction

During Season 4, Sam Winchester had been drinking demon blood. He couldn't stop. He felt it provided him with power. And to a degree it did, but as always with addiction, it came at the cost of his freedom. He couldn't do anything without getting his fix of demon blood! It was just something he had to have!

Many good people suffer from addictions. The absolute monster that comes, begins to control every aspect of life. Even when one feels that it gives them power to cope, it really doesn't, and the only way to break free from addiction is by turning to the enabling power of the atonement, and the redeeming power. The enabling power to let you live your life; the redeeming power to break the bands of addiction.

Loneliness

Multiple times through the show Sam and Dean get separated. Sometimes through death, sometimes through decisions they've made, they get separated from the only family they have left. They often are put at odds against one another. Yet, eventually the two of them reunite in the bonds of family and of brotherhood.

The Atonement allows that reuniting, and that forgiveness to be possible. Whether we feel estranged from our family or not, we are often set in places we are at odds with our elder brother, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father. The Atonement sets us back with God and our Savior. We all have times of loneliness, when it seems nobody is near, but because Jesus was alone in Gethsemane and on Golgotha, we don't have to be alone. He will come to us.

Regardless what demons you face, what monsters come after you, hold firm to your covenants. Look to your God, and He will deliver you from any trial that comes your way.