Marvel announced this week that the newest Captain America comics will feature Aaron Fischer, an openly gay character.
The United States of Captain America, written by Christopher Cantwell and drawn by Dale Eaglesham, will follow four characters — Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker — as they go out in search of Steve’s missing shield. Along the way, the gang meets Aaron, who is the “Captain America of the Railways,” protecting runaways and homeless youth.
It’s no surprise that Captain America will be featuring an LGBTQ-identifying character—the first in the Marvel franchise’s 80-year history. It’s 2021, and we’re seeing the elimination of genders virtually everywhere we turn. However, a gay Captain America means we as Christian parents have a few very important things to be aware of when it comes to the normalization and glorification of gay characters in our children’s entertainment.
“Just as proponents of the sexual revolution intend to impact future generations with their version of sexual morality, so we must do the same,” Jim Denison, author of the Denison Forum wrote Monday. “Such thinking is not only strategic for God’s people—it is biblical.”
“In words that could have been written last week, the psalmist reported that God ‘established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments’ (Psalm 78:5–7). This was so ‘they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God’”(v. 8).
Denison continued, “The only way the next generation will not follow this generation’s slide into moral relativism and decadence is if you and I act strategically and courageously to change their spiritual trajectory.”
The bottom line is this: We are called to “flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). In that command, we also have a responsibility as parents to do all we can to protect our children from the sinful influences of our culture.
The first issue of The United States of Captain America goes on sale June 2, in honor of Pride Month.
As more and more entertainment, toys, and laws remove the beautiful differences and equality that God created in man and woman (Genesis 1:27), may we be parents who pray hard and lead the next generation(s) in Truth, not comfort. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)