Does the Church Need Heroes?

Does the Church Need Heroes?

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return on their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

There is an old saying in church circles that goes like this: “You can’t be a Christian by Yourself.” The point being that we are called to live out our faith in COMMUNITY. That is especially true in our reformed tradition.

And yet, our culture loves HEROES. Look at the popularity of the Marvel Comic movies. Too often we think “if only we had an X-man to solve all our problems. “

I admit the Bible is full of hero narratives, stories of biblical heroes who inspire us with their faith or their feats. But I believe the story of the church is a “movement” narrative. Simply defined, a movement narrative is when large scale change takes place when MANY people make small intentional efforts in the same direction.

I want to suggest that Hero stories are NOT what the church needs in our time. Why? Because most of us do not see ourselves as heroes, therefore hero stories let us “regular people” off the hook. Instead of working together, we wait for some super hero with all the skill, all the power, all the answers to come along and do the work we ALL are called to do.

Yes, there are heroes of the faith, and yes there are modern day individuals who have made a huge difference in proclaiming Christ to the world—Billy Graham is a good example. BUT, I believe the church has always been at its best and certainly most faithful when we have a movement narrative, and people have worked together.

SO . . . if you are a hero, you can help us in our ministry . . . but if you aren’t, that is not an excuse, you can still be a part of this great movement we call Christianity!

It is a joy to be your pastor,