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Topic: Beach (07/04/05)
TITLE: Kryptonite Proof
By Benjamin Stephens
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Below the city, much further below than rats dare tread, somewhere between the sewer pipes and molten lava, the hideout was constructed - perhaps it had always been. A fully functioning swimming pool and a very elaborate library were just the start of this early Victorian pad for Lex Luthor and his miscreant crew.
Metropolis was blessed with the likes of crack reporter Lois Lane while she put up with the bumblings of the Daily Planet's latest reporter Clark Kent. Clark was an affable oaf who seemed one step away from putting his eye out with scissors. Yet, behind closed doors and once the protective eyewear came off he was something altogether different. The people of Metropolis had come to learn to love Clark's alter ego - Superman - and although he wore a cape, he was very good at what he did.
It must have been a slow news day because Lois Lane was looking into a recent land grab that defied explanation; someone was buying desert land that had no seeming desirable purpose. Why would someone purchase desert land in Arizona and Nevada? Did the buyer think to build a new ark and wait for rain? Lois headed to the desert to find out.
Meanwhile, Lex and his bumbling brigade set out to alter the course of a couple of missiles scheduled for testing. The coordinates were ultimately changed and the greatest real estate scheme in the history of mankind was accelerated into action.
Superman discovered the plot and spun like the rinse cycle on my Whirlpool through the earth until he breaks down the door to Lex's hideout. Lex has been waiting and it isn't long before the man of steel is reduced to silly putty as Lex tricks Superman into opening a case with Kryptonite in it. Now as every faithful comic book junkie knows, this should mean death to the 'man of steel' - not to mention the hefty dry cleaning bill for his red and blue suit if he should make it out alive.
Superman wearing a Kryptonite necklace, Lois Lane rushing headlong into danger in a very stylish Chevy Impala (circa 1970), and Lex Luther planning to blow up the entire west coast creating a 'new west coast' were all converging on one point in time.
Oh, but of course our hero is separated from his necklace of death by one who had been loyal to Superman's nemesis and through an unbelievable set of circumstances the plan is unraveled, time is reversed and everyone is oblivious to the harm they would have encountered. Lex and his gang are escorted to prison and the 'man of steel' heads home to write a news story about the adverse affects of fireworks on the average citizenry of Metropolis.
Lois is left to wonder why her co-worker never seems to be around when all these fantastic stories develop. Clark is at a loss to explain his absence, however Lois looks at Clark and for just a moment she wonders about a truth we all know - is this man before her Superman? She shrugs it off and the stage is set for a few modestly interesting sequels.
Our world is rocked with hurricanes, tidal waves, typhoons, tsunamis, and tropical storms. The moon creates tidal changes and the water either rises or recedes without mankind interfering at all.
Unlike the elaborate plot of some super villain, God already has things under control. He told Job and He tells us too, "Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'" (Job 38:11 - NLT)
The greatest superhero can't do that. After all, we serve a God who is Kryptonite proof while we live in a world that serves us Kryptonite every chance it gets.
[Jesus said] "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:32b - NLT).
Good news - we win!
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