The real hero

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”  If I were to ask you to tell me all about your favorite hero in a story or movie, could you?  Most people would jump at the chance and spend as much time as I would allow, regaling me with story after story of their exploits.  If I were to ask you to tell me about all the other characters, would you be able to do that as well?  Once again, most people I have spoken to seem to be able to recall so much about mostly fictitious people in movies that we are left in awe of their dedication to the film, Television series, or book.

The same can be said for overzealous fans of entertainers, sports personalities, and even games.  And their loyalty can be astounding to watch.  Speak badly about their hero, and they will discard you quicker than a rotten piece of fruit.  Many will even idolize these “heroes.”  They will dress like them, behave like them, speak like them, and take their opinion on almost anything as fact.  They worship those false gods at the altar of delusion.  And make no mistake about it; they will fight for the honor of the object of that worship.  Speak badly of them, or do as little as wear the wrong color shirt at a sports stadium, and you may be treated with a level of aggression that is hard to comprehend.  To them, your inability to adore their hero or team only speaks to your stupidity, and they will do anything to disparage you for your total lack of intelligence.  Their dedication is of such magnitude that they even identify themselves by names associated with their favorite movie, star, or team.

Ever heard someone referred to as a “Trekkie,”Belieber,”Cowboy,” or “Patriot.”  In the Harry Potter series of movies, there were four wizardry “houses,” and I know people who have taken tests to see which of those they belong in.  They then proudly consider themselves a “Slytherin,”Gryffindor,”Hufflepuff, or “Ravenclaw.”  Now, a disclaimer.  I am not trying to shame anyone for enjoying some entertainment genre or following the adventures of some fictitious or non-fictitious hero.  Kudos to you if that is you.  Enjoy it and have fun, but please do not lose sight of the forest of eternity for the tree of some fanciful character or team.  You see, most people cannot name all the books of the Bible or the disciples, and even less can quote more than a few scriptures.  Ask them about a favorite pastime, and they will impress you with their knowledge but ask them about the Bible, and all you get in reply is a blank stare.

Many will watch the same movie repeatedly or read the same book multiple times, absorbing the most minor detail as they commit it to memory.  But those same people spend almost no time in a week reading the Bible.  Few have read the entire Bible, and fewer still memorize scripture.  They will be absorbed for hours watching games but cannot spare five minutes to study the Bible.  Harry Potter, the Cowboys, or Taylor Swift can entertain you, but they can do little else beyond that.  They may help you through difficult patches in your life, but even that is limited.  They are mortal, and as such, they are “here today and gone tomorrow.”  The hero of the New Testament is not only so by name, but in all He did and still does – and He is eternal.

Harry Potter cannot offer you eternal salvation; Jesus can.  The Rams cannot save you; Jesus can.  Billie Eilish is not a god; Jesus is.  None of them died for you; Jesus did. Be a fan, love the movie, cheer for your favorite athlete or team, but remember who your God is.  And remember who the real hero of the world is and what He did for you.  1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

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