Warner Bros., creator of the new Superman movie "Man of Steel," invited pastors to early screenings of the film and even handed out a sermon for them to use, entitled "Jesus:The Original Superhero."
Tim Burns, senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Tyler, says Superman is no Jesus, but he's heard the comparison before.
"With somebody saying Jesus is the ultimate Superman, obviously God did send Him to Earth and unlike any other man, woman, or child that's on earth, sacrificing Himself for all mankind. So those sort of parallels definitely could exist."
Burns, like many other pastors we talked to Wednesday, did not know Warner Bros. actually invited pastors to watch the movie before its release and had a sermon written so pastors could talk to their congregations about the similarities between Superman and Jesus.
"You expect that with some of the more religious-themed movies, but I hadn't heard that with Superman; you don't really expect that with that one," Burns said.
We asked Burns if he thought Warner Bros. was crossing the line. He said, "If I'm putting on a business hat, I would say, 'well that's great, let's expand our target audience.' I take the business hat off and I put on my pastoral hat and I think, ;well, I don't want to promote Superman ... I want to promote Jesus.'"
Burns says you can't fault Hollywood for trying. It's up to pastors and their congregations to use their time at the pulpit wisely.
"If it's a conversation starter that's great, I'm all for that, but when it comes to the actual story of who Jesus is, I'm not going to be looking to Superman, I'm going to be looking to the Bible."
Thus, sermons from the Bible are all you will hear from Burns' East Texas pulpit.
Grace Hill Media is the Christian-based firm Warner Bros. hired to promote "Man of Steel" to faith-based groups.
The man who wrote the sermon, "Jesus: The Original Superman," is a professor at Pepperdine University, a university affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
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