THE SUPER TRAGEDY OF THE BELOVED SUPERHERO, CHADWICK BOSEMAN
Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as King T’Challa in Marvel’s blockbuster film “Black Panther,” died last week after a four-year battle with cancer, according to a post on his twitter account. The post said that the actor, who also played Black icons such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson, died at home with his wife and family. Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, which in reference to the post, progressed to stage four. He was 43 years old, according to The Associated Press. The post added that it was “the honor of his career” to play King T’Challa in Black Panther. Boseman was private about his diagnosis, choosing to withhold the news of his diagnosis from his fans. His death came on the day Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, usually celebrated on April 15. His role in the film was one that allowed multitudes of children of like complexion to see themselves represented on the big screen in a super-heroic way.
More than 15,000 people have signed a petition for a statue of Chadwick Boseman to replace a Confederate monument in the late actor’s hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. The petition, which centers on the Confederate monument that stands in front of the Anderson courthouse, was launched by an anonymous Anderson resident and is addressed to Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, the South Carolina state Senate, the South Carolina House and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Officials would need to sign off on the original statue’s removal.
My Message for You
Brothers and sisters, I know that this is alarming and quite saddening news for many of us, especially as we have already witnessed so much happen in the world around us this year. With the death of Kobe Bryant, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, continued police brutality cases and reports, and the upcoming US election, a lot has and is being processed in our minds right now. Yet worry not, children of the Most High God, for I must remind you that indeed, we are in the world, not of it (Jn. 17:16). The Bible also says that we are a peculiar people, a chosen generation (1 Pet. 2:9). Therefore we do not mourn as people of the world do. As 1 Thess. 4:13 (NIV) reads, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” This is because we know where our help comes from (Ps. 121:1), and we know our God!
No matter what storms rage around us, just like Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, slept through the storm (Matt. 8:24), we too are able to sleep through any and every storm that comes our way, and we will not be shaken (Ps. 62:2). Again, as you know, these are most definitely the end times, yet the Bible also says that “the glory of the latter house shall be greater than of the former” (Hag. 2:9 KJV). Likewise, the ceiling of the generations before us shall be the floor of ours. No matter what, never let anyone’s passing in this life hinder you from being able to move forward. Indeed, there is hope, and our hope is in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8) and who is incomparably the most supreme super hero of all!
Please feel free to comment below your thoughts on the passing of Chadwick Boseman. I’d love to hear your views and input! It’s time to engage in community discussion. As much feedback and interaction as possible is highly encouraged.
- Pray for the Body of Christ worldwide, not just for your culture, ethnicity or skin tone. Do not allow any type of news to affect you so greatly that you stay down. Jesus has already overcome this world (Jn. 16:33) and we are more than conquerors through Christ (Rom. 8:37)!
- Watch the news regularly, just refuse to fear. Spark frequent discussions among your friends and family members on current events.
- Instead of getting discouraged, begin to make moves with your life. This news is a bit painful, yes, however God has designed us to always move forward from glory to glory and grace to grace. You can either become depressed, or inspired. It’s your choice! Choose to be inspired.