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Superman Puts One Foot Out Of The Closet

Superman's Name is Jon Now, Antioch Report

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In an upcoming comic book issue, “Superman: Son of Kal-El”, DC will confirm that Jon Kent – son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane – is bisexual.

Jon-El, the half-Kryptonian has inherited the title of Superman in a recent DC canon arc. Jon Kent isn’t the first superhero in the DC universe to come out, and he probably won’t be the last. Jon Kent shares all the same superpowers as Clark Kent, and also falls for a reporter in this 5-part comic series (Jay Nakamura, a male character depicted with a pink hairdo).

The world is different in 2021 than it was when Superman debuted in 1938.

  • On Instagram, the hashtag #lgbtq has 19.5 million views.
  • The same hashtag on TikTok has 81.6 billion views.
  • With over 1 billion active monthly users, TikTok is home to transgender influencer accounts with more than 180k followers and innumerable accounts of people who are LGBTQ+ with millions of followers.

For Christians, LGBTQ rights and inclusion cover the gamut of Biblical theology and difference of opinion. In a survey to 25,048 Christians, Pew reported:

  • 54% said homosexuality should be accepted, 38% responded that homosexuality should be discouraged
  • Of the 13,119 that were in favor of acceptance, about 56% were Millennial and Gen X
  • Of the 9,416 that were not in favor of acceptance, about 57% were Baby Boomers and older

According to the data, younger Christians are more likely to say homosexuality should be accepted than older Christians.

For the Christian

Healthy dialogue about complex issues looks like followers of Jesus listening to each other with open ears and without preconceived notions.

In a world where Superman, SpongeBob, Lil Nas X and TikTok all glorify LGBTQ+ lifestyles, Christians are at risk of being alienated for not inviting faith conversations that equip Joe Guy Christian as well as Christian leaders for real life conversations about tough issues.

  • If you are a Christian who affirms LGBTQ+, how will you love like Jesus the people who believe differently based on their faith and belief system?
  • If you are a Christian who does not affirm an LGBTQ+ lifestyle, what does it look like to imitate Jesus as you deal with these complex issues in your own faith, community, or church?

The Upside

In the ABS 2020 State of the Bible report, only 9% of Americans surveyed reported daily Bible reading, which is the lowest figure reported in a decade.

However, the same research shows 67.8% of American adults (~172 million people) are “Bible curious”. This presents an extraordinary opportunity for Christians to use Bible scripture as the gold standard for faith conversations.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Ephesians 4:31-5:2

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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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