Who's Your Hero? - Mount Vernon Grace Community Church

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18350 Hopewell Road
Mount Venon, OH 43050

  • Sunday Morning Prayer
    10:00 a.m. Prayer time prior to Sundays service
  • Sunday Morning Service
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Nursery is available and Sunday School classes are held for children preschool age through 12 during the sermon
  • Wednesday Night 
    Bible Study 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Teen Bible Study 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm

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Who's Your Hero?

We like to put men on pedestals. We need a hero to save the day. I grew up with Superman and Batman. There was the Lone Ranger and Roy Rodgers.

When I was a kid these guys were not only powerful but they were good. The lessons we got from them was good always triumphs over evil. Cheaters always lose in the end and liars always get caught. It seemed they not only battled the criminal but they fought for morality. These guys fought for truth and justice. (I think we’re on to something here. Hang on to the thought about truth - we will be back to that in a moment.)

   I was watching “The Rifleman” in a hotel room the other night and twice in the same show God and the Bible were mentioned in a positive light. In one episode Chuck Connors spent four minutes telling his son Mark about Job because Mark was a little angry at God for letting their house burn down. My, how times have changed.
     Who are the heroes now? Who do our children and grandchildren have to look up to? Even Batman is portrayed in a darker, more sinister light. The new Lone Ranger isn’t exactly moral. Do we really want our children singing and dancing with Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, or Lady Gaga? (It’s just innocent fun and entertainment, right?) If Hollywood is a mirror image of where our society is headed, or worse yet, where we are, we are on a landslide into depravity.
     Carmon recorded a song called the ‘soap opera song’. “Gone are the days of leave it to beaver, Matt Dillon and his side kick Festus; now we survive on the immoral lives of those of the young and the restless…” (Look it up on You Tube yourself.)  
     They did a remake of "Leave it to Beaver" in the early 80s and since divorce was so prevalent in our society by that time they cast Beaver as a divorced father of two little boys; so much for the stable family life of Ward and June Cleaver. This is not meant to be offensive to those of you that are single parents, I have point to make. (I think.)
     We have put the stars of Hollywood on a pedestal for a long, long time. We have gazed at them on the "silver screen"; we have fantasized about their characters on the screen and about their life styles off the screen. They have what we think we want.
     We need a hero; someone to look up to; someone that has something I want or at least something I think I need. The hero and the need have both changed. The hero used to save the day and the need was to be rescued from something evil. Now the heros themselves might be evil and what will they rescue us from? Does good triumph over evil? It depends on how you define good and evil. This is where the new villain comes into the picture. His name is truth.
     Truth used to be the hero. There used to be definitive lines between good and evil in America. It was wrong to lie, cheat, steal, and commit adultery. Now the truth is relative. It depends on my personal situation as to what my truth is. It is a "make it up as you go" truth.
     As truth goes, so go the heroes. This, of course, isn’t something new. The writer of Ecclesiastes said “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
     In John 18 Jesus has been arrested because too many people had set him up as a hero and it was taking away from the fame of the religious people. Pilate is questioning him concerning who he is and what his mission is. In verse 28 Jesus responds to one of his questions: “…for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate's answer is very interesting. It is interesting because we think we live in an enlightened age, but as Solomon said “there is nothing new under the sun.” Pilate answers Jesus, “… What is truth?”
     You see, ever since the Garden of Eden when the serpent raised questions concerning the truth and Adam and Eve bit the forbidden fruit, truth has been the villain. This is why the villains have become the heroes. Truth and justice don’t always win because truth is relative and without truth there can be no justice. 
     Who is your hero? Who do you give your time and thoughts to? Did you give Jesus at least as much time as you gave your heroes on the television? Do you get as excited about the possibilities of serving our creator and Lord as you do about the upcoming Buckeyes season? Who is/are your heroes?
     The reason the early “heroes” were about truth and justice was because America still had a healthy understanding of who God is. Our spiritual foundation was still intact. “Well Mark, you sure know your Bible well.” (The sheriff to the rifleman’s son)
     But now as one world leader put it; “We are no longer a Christian nation; at least not just; but a nation of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and unbelievers…" (Atheists) We have become a melting pot for anything.
     This is what happened to Israel. Read the book of Judges. It led to one of the lowest points in Israel’s history. They had their heroes; Joshua and those that led Israel right after his death. When all that knew Joshua died they began to open their doors to the gods of other nations and they lost their way. (They were no longer a Jewish nation; at least not just;  but a nation of Baalimites… I think you get my point.) The sad end to the era of the judges was “and every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” In other words truth was relative and became the villain.
     Who is your hero? Who do you give your time and thoughts to? Did you give Jesus at least as much time as you gave your heroes on the television? Do you get as excited about the possibilities of serving our creator and Lord as you do about the upcoming Buckeyes season? Who is/are your heroes?
     Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; you cannot get to God through any other means. All other gates, pathways, avenues, whatever you want to call them, will lead to hell. If you truly believe this then you need to consider who your hero really is and if it isn’t Jesus, (the truth), then you need to change heroes.
     The American clock is ticking. We can’t sit back and watch and hope someone else will do it. God has called you! That beats any super hero out there.  Read your Bible, pray, share your faith. Our life depends on it. We are a country in distress. We need a real hero!