The Invisible Man is a Hero...Or is he?
When I was a child one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons was Superfriends. This cartoon showed the exploits of all the collective superheros as they worked together to combat evil. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman & Robin, Spider Man and the Incredible Hulk were just a few of the heros. One character I seem to remember in particularly was a superhero who could make himself invisible. Unfortunately, I cannot recall this hero's name (maybe his name was invisible too.), but I recall that his greatest weapon was making himself invisible. This invisible man went around using his powers of disguise to fight evil and uphold justice.
Little boys would see the invisible man and pretend that they were him. These boys would pretend to fight evil, catch criminals and do good as the invisible men. Imagine that?? An invisible man who made the world a much better place to live?
You may not realize it, but there are plenty of invisible men today. Men who still like to be invisible. Men who never really grew up and are still playing the role of invisible men. Yet, unlike their childhood fantasies, their roles as invisible men no longer make the world a better place to live. In fact, these modern-day invisible men make the world a more difficult place to live. As children, they pretended they were able to be physically invisible, and as adults they continue to be invisible – sort of.
The new generation of invisible men are physically present. The fact that these men are physically present yet still invisible is what makes them dangerous. These men are present in homes yet invisible when it comes to taking their roles as spiritual and moral leaders. These men are present in families yet become invisible when it comes to caring for, disciplining and nurturing their children. These men are present in marriages yet become invisible when it comes to the hard work of making their relationships to their wives dynamic and growing. These men are present in communities but become invisible when called to act on the basis of spiritual and moral principles, because these stands may hurt their reputation or wallet.
In Genesis 3:6 the Bible relays the famous account of the very first sin, as Eve eats of the forbidden fruit. Scripture says that "...the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Notice that, though Eve initiated the first sin, Adam was with her. In this verse we have a picture of the first invisible man. Adam was present but had no positive influence on the direction his family was going. The invisible man was destructive then, even as he is today.
Though invisible men have been around for a very long time, the situation may be even worse than it once was. More and more invisible men seem to be showing up on the scene, and it is destroying families, communities and a nation.
Men, this is a call to you to stop being invisible. Just because you are physically present in your home, does not necessarily mean you are advancing a positive influence in your family or community. Examine yourselves and ask the question, "Am I an invisible man?"