As I walked past it I couldn’t resist the urge to try to pick up Thor’s Hammer. I knew it was fake, just a prop in a cinema foyer but I just had to try.
As I posed for my picture holding the handle of Mjolnir, someone walked past and said
‘You’re obviously not worthy.’
In the Marvel Universe, only someone who is worthy enough may wield Thor’s Hammer and this is shown at the beginning of Avengers Age of Ultron as some of the Avengers take it in turns to try to lift it (see the YouTube clip below). As they all fail, Thor, effortlessly lifts the Hammer and tells them it’s because they are all not worthy.
Throughout the Marvel movies, it is never made clear what ‘worthy’ means. Later in the same film, Vision lifts the Hammer (okay, so he’s worthy. Got it) but Captain America (the ultimate boy scout and person who always does the right thing) cannot lift it (Marvel, have you really thought this through?)
(As an aside, Captain America lifted the Hammer more than once in the comic series so perhaps it’s just the film makers who haven’t thought it through!)
Okay, so if anyone can lift the hammer they are worthy (okay got it). But then there is Thor’s sister (the villain in Thor Ragnarok) who catches the Hammer near the beginning of that movie (so is worthy about power rather than morality or is this just a massive plot hole?)
What does it mean to be worthy?
One things for sure, if you say ‘you’re not worthy’ to a room full of your friends in the real world then you probably aren’t going to have many of those people as friends for much longer.
I hate the fact that some people perceive Christianity as being like this. These people think that we are a bunch of stuck up people who believe we are so much better than everyone else in the world who are clearly ‘not worthy!’
Nothing could be further than the truth! Christians believe that God saves us by grace, that he knows and loves us even though we haven’t earned or deserved his love. We Christians are a group of people who know what it is to be forgiven and loved unconditionally.
In other words Christians are people who realize that we aren’t worthy of God but we are grateful that God accepts us and sees us as worthy of his love and presence anyway. God loves everyone, not juts the Hammer carriers or people who can draw a sword from a stone!
I couldn’t lift Mjolnir but I know that God loves me and that he accepts me and anyone who turns to him.
You can turn to him as well! So, what s stopping you?