“Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 (NET)
Every culture is on a search for people that can be held up as heroes. We look for heroes because we need to see examples of others that have lived up to a higher standard or changed part of the world. These heroes give us hope that we too can live differently and bring a change to our lives, those around us and to our communities.
I have to admit that I am a sucker for super hero stories. I love the feats of strength, outrageous abilities and the strategies that are employed against impossible odds, as the story of good versus evil is given another set of characters. One of the common threads in super hero stories is that the author needs to make the super hero flawed, in at least one area, so that the audience can identify with who the hero is. The hero must be great but not too great!
The heroes of the Christian Faith are quite different. These heroes never started out to become great but are instead ordinary people that had an extra ordinary trust in God that got them through extreme circumstances. What makes these people heroes is that they trusted a God greater than themselves to get through difficulties or they make changes in situations that are much bigger than themselves. Jesus working through them makes them great and nothing else!
Eric Metaxas takes time to explore the lives of “7 Men” that changed their world. George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II and Charles W. Colson are held up as examples of people that faced the battle buy xanax pills online with their own imperfections and injustice in the world around them, to bring changes that impacted many lives. Even though each of them lived at different points of history and faced different challenges, they share a common thread of trusting God to lead them in the right path.
Believers are commanded to do more than search for heroes, but to imitate the faithful as they follow Christ. Our imitation of other faithful followers of Jesus is not just about the successes of bringing change to the world, but first having the humility to submit your own life to Christ. And it is not about perfection but humble obedience to what God asks you to do.
If you are looking for examples of leaders to follow, searching for heroes, I recommend that you read “7 Men”.