As I look at all the world around us it occurs to me that we desperately need a hero.
I had this thought as my daughter and I were watching “Captain America Winter Soldier”. In this movie of good overcoming evil, the hero’s are at many points at a distinct disadvantage. But they overcome and are of course victorious in the end.
Unfortunately in our real world it does not seem to play out that way.
In a post earlier in the week I wrote of the suffering of Christians in Iraq.
The ongoing struggle in Israel and Gaza, innocent people caught up in a war not of their making, used as human shields. The persecution of Christians in Sudan and Sri Lanka, North Korea and many other places in our world. The death of over 200 people in Ukraine whose only crime was being on a plane, in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the list goes on and on…..
In these times of trouble in trouble and suffering are appearing at every turn. The bad guys are winning, the hero does not appear to be on call, and the cavalry is not coming over the hill at the last moment to save the day. It does not appear that defeat will be turned to victory…
Some years ago in an introspective moment I thought to myself, “What are the things I really believe to be true?”
There was one thing I know for sure.
Good will ultimately win over evil. Period. End of story.
I believe that in spite of all the circumstances that tell me it will not.
Furthermore I believe there is an expectation and hope planted deep in all our hearts that good will triumph over evil.
Why? We spend money and the movies that are our favorites are the ones where the good guys against impossible odds save the day, the underdog wins. We read books as children where the characters suffer much trouble but in the end they “live happily ever after”.
And as adults we still believe this. C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter to his god-daughter “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”.
John Eldredge explains it this way:
My premise is this: you really can’t write a story, a good story that holds together and speaks to the human heart in any deep way, unless you borrow from God’s story. So if you pay attention to any of the powerful, contemporary films such as Titanic, Brave-heart, Gladiator, The Matrix, or The Lord of the Rings series, you realize that you can’t create a gripping story without, consciously or unconsciously, telling God’s story.
And in God’s story good wins.
Jesus said “be of good cheer I have overcome the world”.
Don’t be discouraged by all you see happening around you. Our hero arrived on the scene over 2000 years ago. And He is coming back.
Great encouragement for me and hopefully for you as we walk through this dark time.
I want to end Revelation 19 which is also my friend Tom’s favorite scripture. This is for Tom and for all of us.
See you there!
I looked up and saw that heaven had opened. Suddenly, a white horse appeared. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and with righteousness He exercises judgment and wages war. His eyes burn like a flaming fire, and on His head are many crowns. His name was written before the creation of the world, and no one knew it except He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name He was known by is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, outfitted in fine linen, white and pure, were following behind Him on white steeds. From His mouth darts a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule over them with a scepter made of iron. He will trample the wine-press of the fury of the wrath of God, the All Powerful. And there on His robe and on His thigh was written His name: King of kings and Lord of lords.
*Copyright C.S. Lewis-Goodreads.com
**Copyright “Interview with John Eldredge Christianbooks.com