Monday, October 1, 2007

What If Your Superhero Didn't Make The Cut? (Part Two)

. . .continued from Sept. 14th's blog. . .

So what would the real test look like? Would your favorite superhero make the cut?

Dictionary.com defined the qualities of a hero as these:
  • Sacrifice is the forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
  • Determination is a fixed intention or resolution; a firmness of purpose or resolve.
  • Loyalty is the feeling of allegiance or the act of binding oneself to a course of action.
  • Courage is that firmness of spirit and swell of soul which meets danger without fear.
  • Dedication is a selfless devotion; complete and whole hearted fidelity or the act of binding oneself to a course of action.
  • Intrepidity is firm, unshaken courage.
  • Valor is courage exhibited in war, and can not be applied to single combats.
  • Selfless is the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others and acting with less concern for yourself.
  • Conviction is a fixed or strong belief; a necessity of the mind or an unshakable belief.
  • Focused is the ability to direct one's energy toward a particular point or purpose; to concentrate one's energy.
  • Gallantry is adventurous courage, which courts danger with a high and cheerful spirit.
  • Perseverance is a persistent determination.
  • Fortitude has often been styled "passive courage," and consists in the habit of encountering danger and enduring pain with a steadfast and unbroken spirit.
  • Bravery is daring and impetuous courage, like that of one who has the reward continually in view, and displays his courage in daring acts
Sometimes I really hate being "Sunday school-ish" but think about this for a moment. Why is Jesus Christ not viewed as a hero by so many? I'm not talking about those who don't believe. Of course they wouldn't view him as a hero because they wouldn't agree that Jesus accomplish what He accomplished (or agree that He even existed). What about us who claim to believe? Why isn't Jesus our hero and why aren't we looking up to Him as someone to emulate and be like?

He gave his life for so many! He knew it had to be done and he saw it through until "it was finished". He did not turn from his course of action. He could have stopped the pain at any moment, but he knew it had to happen. He is fighting in a war against sin, which suffers billions of casualties. Look at how he lived, who he offended, and who he challenged.

1 comment:

MilePost13 said...

dang...that's even cooler than my video...