Heroes’ drawbacks


George Washington owned slaves. Abraham Lincoln argued for the emancipated to be forcibly relocated to Belize. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t believe in the virgin birth or other tenets of orthodoxy.

As a result, modernists don’t believe in heroes  — just because nobody’s perfect. Their solution? The anti-hero, the guy who’s only out for himself. Joseph Heller‘s hillarious Catch 22 protagonist exhibits no courage or redeeming characteristic.

Nevertheless, I believe in heroes. My purpose of exposing heroes’ sins is not to discredit them — any more than the Bible discredits David for his adultery, Abraham for his lies or Samson for his unbridled fleshliness.

To the contrary, I mean to encourage YOU to become a major league hero, in spite of your failings and

Dare to be a hero — despite your mistakes!

drawbacks. The dark spots don’t detract from their heroism — they only make them human. And you and I are human! Why do we rule ourselves out of being a hero?

We don’t even attempt to be a hero. Tragically, we instead give reign to the flesh and become anti-heroes. Why? Because we THINK we’re disqualified. I’m glad MLK Jr., G.W. and Honest Abe didn’t disqualify themselves from being heroes.

14 responses to “Heroes’ drawbacks

  1. The issue of heros has always confused me. What, in your opinion, constitues being a hero? How do you, personally, define it?

    I enjoyed this blog post very much.

  2. There's a frog on my Sprocket!

    I love this, it helps show that heros are human too.
    David is one of my heros. When he focussed on God giants fell, when his focuss waivered from The Lord, David stumbled and fell. He was definately human, but humble, gracious, and inspirational.
    I love this post thanks for sharing!

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  4. Very well said. I never thought of it this way. Thanks!

  5. We all have flaws. We are all sinners by nature and will fall short of perfection without God…but…I think we should always keep trying to attain to be better, to be perfect–only through God. So often people will say they are too far gone to try to do better giving themselves permission to give up. Often, there are those of us who will give up because we think it is too much work and just settle for our sinful ways… I hope that made sense… I think we need to be careful who we designate as a hero and what part of their life makes them one. 🙂

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