|Northstar proposes to Kyle|
In his book The Meaning of Sex, Christian ethicist Dennis Hollinger reminds us that a truly biblical and Christian understanding of marriage sees marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman who promise faithfulness within an exclusive and monogamous heterosexual relationship. But the culture-at-large and the culture in the church is changing and changing fast. Now that Marvel Comics is in the game, it will change even faster. No, I don’t believe that the Northstar story line is going to precipitate a massive and fast cultural shift. Northstar’s proposal to Kyle isn’t the catalyst for culture reaching a tipping point. But we can never forget that cultural artifacts (particularly media of all sorts) are not only reflective, but directive. They aren’t just a mirror. They’re a map. And the map-readers in this case are Marvel Comic book fans. . . many of whom are extremely young and extremely impressionable.
Northstar’s proposal to Kyle and impending wedding serve as another reminder of the diligent intentionality that’s needed if we hope to counter culture’s powerful, pervasive and compelling messages with the design of the One who made marriage. Now is the time to be talking to kids about marriage and about marriage right and wrongs. Northstar’s given us an opportunity to get the discussion going. Ask the kids you know what they think about it all? Then, affirm or challenge their thinking by talking about how God designed it all.