Since it is likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny darker not brighter

C.S. Lewis

As I look at all the world around us it occurs to me that we desperately need a hero.

I had this thought as my daughter and I were watching “Captain America Winter Soldier”. In this movie of good overcoming evil, the hero’s are at many points at a distinct disadvantage. But they overcome and are of course victorious in the end.

Unfortunately in our real world it does not seem to play out that way.

In a post earlier in the week I wrote of the suffering of Christians in Iraq.

The ongoing struggle in Israel and Gaza, innocent people caught up in a war not of their making, used as human shields. The persecution of Christians in Sudan and Sri Lanka, North Korea and many other places in our world. The death of over 200 people in Ukraine whose only crime was being on a plane, in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the list goes on and on…..

In these times of trouble in trouble and suffering are appearing at every turn. The bad guys are winning, the hero does not appear to be on call, and the cavalry is not coming over the hill at the last moment to save the day. It does not appear that defeat will be turned to victory…

Some years ago in an introspective moment I thought to myself, “What are the things I believe to be true?”

I realized there was one thing I know for sure.

Good will ultimately win over evil. Period. End of story.

I still believe that in spite of all the circumstances that tell me it will not.

Furthermore I believe there is an expectation and hope planted deep in all our hearts that good will triumph over evil.

Why?  We spend money and the movies that are our favorites are the ones where the good guys against impossible odds save the day, the underdog wins. We read books as children where the characters suffer much trouble but in the end they “live happily ever after”.

And as adults we still believe this. C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter to his god-daughter      “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”

John Eldredge explains it this way:

My premise is this: you really can’t write a story, a good story that holds together and speaks to the human heart in any deep way, unless you borrow from God’s story. So if you pay attention to any of the powerful, contemporary films such as Titanic, Brave-heart, Gladiator, The Matrix, or The Lord of the Rings series, you realize that you can’t create a gripping story without, consciously or unconsciously, telling God’s story.

And in God’s story good wins.
Jesus said “be of good cheer I have overcome the world”.

Don’t be discouraged by all you see happening around you. Our hero arrived on the scene over 2000 years ago. And He is coming back.
Great encouragement for me and hopefully for you as we walk through this dark time.

I want to end with the promise we have of His return in Revelation 19. This is my friend Tom’s favorite scripture, he looks forward to this day. This is for Tom and for all of us.

See you there!

I looked up and saw that heaven had opened. Suddenly, a white horse appeared. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and with righteousness He exercises judgment and wages war.  His eyes burn like a flaming fire, and on His head are many crowns. His name was written before the creation of the world, and no one knew it except He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name He was known by is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, outfitted in fine linen, white and pure, were following behind Him on white steeds. From His mouth darts a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule over them with a scepter made of iron. He will trample the wine-press of the fury of the wrath of God, the All Powerful. And there on His robe and on His thigh was written His name: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelations 19:11-16

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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2 Responses to Hero

  1. ptl2010 says:

    That is why we teach kids about Bible heroes. Where there is God there is hope. The good prevails over evil it is true. ..Jesus, David and Goliath, Joshua and Caleb, Daniel in the lion’s den, The three Hebrew children in the fiery dungeon, Cain and Abel, Elisha and his bears and so on..

    Praise The Lord, we will believe. We still believe in our just Lord who will make things right for our good for we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Amen.

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