How many heroes are there nowadays? They come in all shapes and forms. Some are living some are dead. But, what are they really? Are they more imagined then real? Actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, preachers, even rebels, outlaws, dogs and cats can become our “heroes”. Yet, the scriptures teach that, “man at his very best is altogether vanity”. So, why do we celebrate people with such intensity and obsession? Is it because we are driven to devotion and we need heroes to bring some hope into our lives that otherwise is missing, or nonexistent? Is it because we aspire to be popular, needing others to love us so that we too can feel valued and appreciated?
When I decided to follow Jesus back in 75′ it was the beginning of the end for all my heroes. Our Creator began opening my eyes and understanding to reality and the fact that my great heroes were just human beings like myself. One of my favorite songs goes, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…” It’s one of the most profound verses ever written. Why, because it summarizes what truly is the height of human achievement and that is to be devoted and confident in Christ Jesus as the One that gave us life and offered Himself so we wouldn’t have to face justice for crimes against Him. On top of all that, He has a place prepared for those that love Him. Again the scriptures tell us, “eye has not seen nor ear heard, the things that God has prepared for those that love Him and are the called according to His purpose”.
How many of our great human heroes are dismal failures in this regard? Some have rejected fame and have preferred to point us towards our Creator as the true hero and this is more of how it should be! Who are the real heroes? Those that direct us back to our Creator, The One that gives us real hope!