Superman is an American hero. Born on the distant planet of Krypton, he was sent to Earth as a baby to avoid the destruction of his homeworld. The last of his kind, this alien looks and acts like any other human, except that he has the power to fly, possess enormous strength and speed, and has superhuman sight and hearing. He can do what no ordinary human can do.
Most people would deny it, but too often Christians acts as if their pastor is a spiritual Superman. When tragedy or need strikes, he is the one called upon to swoop in and save the day. Many pastors do little to dispel this myth. Like everyone else, we like to be needed.
As opposed to the Roman Catholic Church, one of the hallmarks of Scripture is the emphasis on the priesthood of all believers (First Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 1:6; 5:10). A priest is one who ministers to or serves God. As Christians, we are each priests before God through Jesus Christ our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1). Every believer, through Him, offers spiritual sacrifices and prayers to God. There is no one but Jesus who can stand between a person – even a person in dire need – and God the Father.
Whether it’s in a hospital room or a dining room, God hears the prayer of every believer just as well as He hears the prayer of any pastor (1 John 5:14-15). Jesus is the basis for answered prayer.
If you are in mental anguish or spiritual failure, the Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures as you read them to bring spiritual comfort (Romans 15:4-5). God’s Word is the same whether read by you or a clergyman.
Rather than call on a man in a collar, behind a desk in a church building, or with a divinity degree, call upon Jesus Christ. He is your great High Priest who rules over the household of God from His seat in Heaven (Hebrews 4:14; 10:21). He is forever as close as the mention of His name.