Have you read Heidi’s post Teaching Our Kids About Honor? I did, and it resonated deep within me. In the post, Heidi shares the importance of teaching our kids honor and how, as a society, we are bestowing celebrity status upon people who haven’t earned that honor. It caused me to reflect upon my childhood, and my heroes growing up.
Honestly, my “heroes” weren’t the best. Like many teenagers, I was interested in what the world counted as worth – beauty, fame, power. I knew the names and backgrounds of Victoria’s Secret models better than those of the disciples. I looked up to whichever pop artist had the #1 song on the countdown charts more than the Proverbs 31 woman.
And it wasn’t good for my spirit. I could have had better heroes. I wish my heroes had been Ruth or Nehemiah.
Now before you get too upset, let me explain, I’m not saying Victoria (or her secret) is evil. Personally, I don’t believe that our heroes have to be solely from the Bible. What I do believe – wholeheartedly and passionately – is that we should be asking these questions:
Do my heroes point me toward the cross? Do my children’s heroes point them toward the cross?
This country needs a revival of true, faithful heroes! We need men and women who give the glory to God before taking it for themselves. We need less “experts” shouting from their corner of the media and more students of the Word. We are in need of leaders who consult the Truth, not a round table of advisers. Can I get an amen?
Too often our heroes have been athletes that, when caught cheating, continue to lie, blame others and fight their punishment. Or celebrities who are famous for nothing more than being wealthy. Or actors who glamorize the enticing life of sex, drugs and rock & roll.
I don’t expect my heroes to be perfect. But what I want is for them to point me to the Truth. I want them, when they falter, to admit their mistake and share their repentance. I need to be encouraged in my faith. I hope to be reminded daily that the only true hero is the One who sent his son to die on the cross, because He is the reason for this life I lead.
Who is your Biblical hero? Do you have an everyday hero?