by Joseph Parker
Have you seen NBC’s television program, “Heroes?”
I must confess, I have only seen parts of one or two episodes, my time availability does not justify watching it (though I think I could easily get sucked into its plot).
The reality is that it is growing in popularity. Everywhere I turn it seems there is an advertisement or some person I run into talking about it.
At the same time we have movies such as Spiderman, Superman, Hitman; NBC has even brought the Bionic Woman back recently.
Why? Because deep down inside we are all looking for a hero; and television and movie producers know that.
In Friday’s post I talked about KidTrek’s stance on the Bible being the sole authority in representing God’s word. It is on this basis I want to talk about heroes.
Think about the heroes in the Bible, a good place to start is Hebrews 11, also known as the Hall of Faith.
In Hebrews 11 we read of great men and women of faith such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, (we haven’t even got out of Genesis yet), Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel.
The list of course goes on, whether Hebrews mentions them or not.
But who is the true hero of the Bible?
No matter if all these men and women played vital roles in the story, God is the hero in all of them!
In all KidTrek does, we believe we need to walk with kids through life in such an intentional, long term manner they will come to know God, more specifically Jesus, as the hero of their lives.
Through these relationships they will come to understand that no matter how hard life gets, no matter how much life represents Hell right now, God is good, God is sovereign, God loves them and has a plan for their life.
The story of redemption and God’s desire to seek us out, is the consistent story of God being the greatest hero anyone has ever known; and we want children to grow to become adults who not only know this in their heads, but believe this in their hearts (see Deuteronomy 6).
At the heart of every story we tell, as Christians, should not be a man-centered theme with a man/woman as the hero, but a God-centered theme with God as the hero (from Genesis to Revelation).
KidTrek is preparing to put men and women in the lives of children who do not have consistent, healthy, God-fearing adults in their lives, through which these kids will see God, not these adults, as the hero of their lives.
And to be able to do this in an after school “program” is not going to be enough. It is a start, but it is not the end.
Stay tuned for more, but in the meantime please let me know what you think about this.