To do the right thing, sometimes you have to work like Batman — alone. That’s Rob Johnson’s theory.
A preacher at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Johnson is in a position of influence among peers who struggle between the push and pull of right and wrong.
He likens making the wrong choices to joining a group of followers of a villain like the Joker.
“But Batman only operated by himself,” Johnson said. “It’s difficult.”
Johnson struggled, too, getting through college, fighting the urge to party and drink. But prevailing as a Batman, not a Joker, helps him coach others as a minister.
“It’s not really about standing up there and preaching,” Johnson said. “It’s really about how you live and how you treat people.”
Johnson learned about the foundation of being a minister from the Rev. Henry I. Thomas, his pastor at Union.
Thomas, who has been at Union for 47 years, said, “We need young ministers now to set the example for the young generation that’s coming up.”
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SOURCE: The Des Moines Register