Cut the confessionsJudas’ Death, Jesus Christ Superstar
Forget the excuses
I don’t understand why
You’re filled with remorse
All that you’ve said
Has come true with a vengeance
The mob has turned against him
You’ve backed the right horse
We are being systematically brainwashed to disbelieve the concept of a messiah.
You can see this in the current art and culture. In the 1950s we had Gary Cooper in High Noon, the sheriff taking on all of the bad guys by himself. In the 1960s we had Bruce Lee movies, where one person defeats the horde of bad guys. In the 70s we had Dirty Harry taking on the criminals by himself and the original Star Wars, where Luke Skywalker brings down the Death Star on his own. In the 80s we had Die Hard. In the 90s we had Batman.
Of course, in most of these cases, there was cast of friends and allies around the protagonist, but we knew who was the hero was.
But, sneaking in there began to be a counter-theme: No one can do anything good on their own. No one can themselves be powerful. Although you can trace this theme growing all the way back to the 60s in some foreign films, for me it really became apparent in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In this film, it takes two Jedi (good guys) to defeat the one Sith (bad guy). Essentially they have to gang up on him to defeat him.
Fast-forward to the last several blockbuster superhero movies, where it takes “a village” of good guys to defeat the one single bad guy. The message here is: The mob is the defender of the normal. There are no heroes, there are no messiahs. Anyone who stands out has to be brought down.
Perversely, this is like recasting the “Give us Barabbas!” passion scene (John 18:40), making the mob the good guys. The power of the mob is used to quell anyone who dares to stand out. This “regression to the mean” will be the death of Western civilization.
TAKE AWAY: Jesus Christ stood out. Can you do the same?