GLMX #272: Escaping the ‘Suicide Squad’

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The much-hyped comic book movie, Suicide Squad, is now in theaters. It’s a far cry from typical superhero fare. In fact, there are no real heroes in it at all. Instead it’s a motley assembly of “bad guys” — “the worst of the worst” — who the head of a secret government agency believes “can do some good.”

Enter: a cold-blooded serial assassin; a psychiatrist who herself went crazy; a gangster who can produce fire with his hands; a psychotic Australian who is handy with a boomerang; a cannibal who has the bodily attributes of a crocodile; a man who is an expert with ropes (mostly strangling people with them); a Japanese swordswoman who can trap souls with her blade; and an archaeologist who turned into a witch after contact with an ancient power. That’s not to mention the Clown Prince of Crime — the Joker — who doesn’t need a squad; he produces plenty of mayhem just fine on his own.

The idea that this group of villains, this Suicide Squad, can actually do some good might seem laughable at first, but when you think about it, it’s not all that farfetched. Every year, billions of dollars are spent trying to reform violent criminals in jails around the world. The drug rehab and addiction treatment industry in the U.S. is said to be worth over $35 billion. Social activists have been clamoring for the government to ease restrictions on felons who have served their time so they have a better chance to successfully re-enter society. That’s not to mention the millions of people who struggle against sin, temptation, and vice every day. The reality is, the world is one giant suicide squad. We’re all bad people, and most of us are trying to do good.

Some of us are trying to do good because it’s right to do. Others are driven by family or societal expectations. Deep down, many believe that if they can just be good enough, they will go to Heaven when they die. However, our quest to do good — to be good — is futile. The Bible aptly states in Psalm 14:3, “there is none that doeth good, no, not one.“ No matter how much we try, we will never be good enough. We will never reach the standard of perfection that God has set for the world. Another passage of Scripture states, “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [all our good deeds] are as filthy rags.” Romans 3:23 adds, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

If our own quest to do good is insufficient, is there hope for any of us? Yes, there is. That hope is found in the one person who lived on this earth yet never sinned — never had an evil thought, never cast a lustful glance, never lied, never robbed or injured or killed. You say, ‘No one could ever live such a perfect life!’ You and I couldn’t, but Jesus Christ did. Jesus is God’s Son who came to Earth as a man to show us by example how to live perfectly before God. But, because we would always fall short — it’s our nature as sinners — He took the punishment of our sins upon Himself. He took our place, bearing the weight of God’s wrath for all of the bad things that we have done. It is through Him and Him alone that we can be seen as good in God’s sight and have all the benefits that come with being a child of God — including a home in Heaven.

What you must do today is place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Not in your own abilities or your feeble good works — in Him and Him alone. And He will save you. Allow me to explain further.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

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