What comes to mind when we think of the word Hero? Maybe fictional characters like Peter Parker, Clark Kent or Bruce Banner who's superpowers turn them into Spiderman, Superman and the Incredible Hulk respectively to rid the world of evil. The television show Heroes, with characters like Peter Petrelli and Hiro Nakamura
Or perhaps we see them as soldiers, police officers and fire fighters who risk their lives every day for the good of society. However, every person can potentially be a hero by the choices we make, the people we inspire or the situations we see people go through. Such situations are depicted in the song Hero by Superchick. Now...my buddy at Selah will rant me endlessly for talkling about a superchick song but hear me out. The song opens with a young boy who cannot fit in a crowd. He's suicidal, and there's a chance little or none is known about it. People refuse to let the boy in. The first verse ends with "or he goes back to school with a gun at his side, any kindness from you may of saved his life." The next verse talkes about a young woman who cuts, then on to a boy who does what we wants and his brother idolizes him. Finally, I must share the last part which is rapped by Matt Daily:
Little Mikey-Dee was the one in class
Who everyday got brutally harassed
This went on for years
Till he decided that never again would he shed another tear
So he walked through the door
And grabbed the .44 out of his father's dresser drawer
He said 'I can't take life no more'
And like that a life can be lost
But this ain't even about that
All of us just sat back and watched it happen
Thinking its not our responsibility
To solve a problem that isn't even about me
This is our problem.
This is just one of the daily scenarios
In which we choose to close our eyes
Instead of doing the right thing
If we make a choice and be the voice
For those who won't speak up for themselves
How many lives would be saved, changed, rearranged?
Now it's our time to pick a side.
So don't keep walking by not wanting to intervene,
Cause you just want to exist and never be seen.
So lets wake up, change the world
Our time is now.
how many times have we walked away and ignored these issues? How many times do we just diagnose these hurt people as outcasts, mentally ill, suicidal, depressed etc. They get labelled and let them take care of themselves. This IS our problem, we cannot ignore these situations. Heroes are those who do what is right! They fight for the weak, they make them believe in themselves and eventually in the healing power of God.
Suidical people do not need to be forced the gospel because it will "make life better" no! They need someone to care, a hero is someone who is always there for someone in need. To love and support and at times, yes fight evil. The evils of drug abuse, violence, broken homes, alcoholism and demonic forces than can attack them. Be a mentor to a young person, or find the broken person described above.
Be a hero. save a life, do whats right. Influence.