Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty

The highest award of our country for gallantry is the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Since the first medal was awarded to Private Jacob Parrott during the Civil War  3,457 have been awarded to heroes of extraordinary courage and bravery. The most recent soldier to be awarded this country’s highest honor was Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry.  He saved the lives of his comrades when a grenade landed among them by picking up the grenade and tossing it away but lost his hand in the process. 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for. 
Hebrews 11:1and 2 (NIV)

In Hebrews 11, the author declares twenty-three times the phrase, “by faith” to describe the actions of these heroes of the Old Testament.  However the word commend comes from the Greek word for witness or martyr.  Like those who gave the “last full measure” and died showing heroism witnesses of the faith are said to have been “living by faith when they died.”(v. 13) What is a hero and are there still Bible heroes today? Heroes are not people who do extraordinary things but those who act during extraordinary events by a set of beliefs or values.  A Medal of Honor winner risks his life  for belief in their country or for the love of friends and is commended for the actions.  They have given testimony the sacrifice of what was valued.

Yes, there are still Bible heroes today and many never are recognized for their acts of biblical heroism.  They are living each day “by faith” trusting in God’s provisions and not afraid of the wolf at the door.  They are the unsung hero who is not afraid to tell others of Jesus and “by faith” does not fear rejection or humiliation by those who resist the Word.  They are the Christian custodian who goes to work each day and “by faith” does his/her job as if they were doing it for Jesus.  They are the pastors of small churches who must work at a full time vocation to care for his family while working full time and a half for his avocation—the body of Christ.

There are no medals for biblical heroes but there is a commendation for their sacrifice which Jesus pronounced;

“Well done, good and faithful servant!”


How To Refresh The Master

Thirsting from the Florida sun

Growing up in Florida we mowed lawns for money and the deal was $2 a lawn and gave half to my mother to pay Sears for the purchase of the mower.  Once she got a job from friends who lived about a mile away and we walked the mower to their house. Our jaws dropped as we saw the lawn had not been cut in at least three weeks.  It took us three days to complete the job in the hot Florida sun and no matter how much we begged Mom, she would not ask for extra money from the people. We almost cried looking at that single dollar bill since in the same time we could have mowed enough lawns to make ten dollars. 
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master…
Proverbs 25:13 (NIV)

A trustworthy messenger–Jesus

God sent a trustworthy messenger to tell the world of himself–his Son.  His Son knew his father’s words, actions, thoughts and was the image of the Father in bodily form. He acted under God’s direction and spoke only what he was told. We see people make all kinds of statements and promises of what a particular thing can do such as the Clapper.  Those Christmas commercials of cheap commercial gimmicks get impulsive people to purchase inferior products.  Jesus as the trustworthy messenger only spoke truth.

 A Witness of the Word

The word witness in the Greek today means someone who has died for their faith–martyr.  Jesus tells us we are to be his witnesses and so all we have to do is report what we have seen. I have never seen Jesus or the wind but just as I welcomed the cool breeze cutting the lawn I did not doubt its existence.  I can see the change in me and can show others the existence of God, His Son and the Spirit by a sustained walk.  No hype! No false claims! Just the real truth and trying to be a trustworthy messenger and provide a refreshing to the One who sends me.