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I could’ve spent pages on the list of my dh’s display of the hero’s virtues. But I think he would blush if he read it, so I’ll spare him and you, dear reader.

For there are so many others, ones who have been called beyond what he has, to the sacrifice of self in the worst of circumstances.

Christian martyrs like the ten Boom family come to mind. Saving others at the risk of their own safety, and ultimately their lives, is something we may be yet called to do in the future. Antisemitism has never been dead, and in this no-social-holds-barred world of Congressmen tweeting pictures of their underwear-clad nether parts to the whole world, antisemitism likewise has little or nothing to restrain its public display anymore. And just as true Christians like the ten Boom’s suffered the same fate as their Jewish brethren, so too I expect truly obedient Christians to suffer alongside the Jews today. Certainly they are in many areas of the Muslim world. As this nation has become more politically correct about this “religion of peace”, we have come to disdain those who wish to see Israel live in peace. It’s a soft persecution in this country right now, but the kind of life threatening persecution that Christians suffer in other nations is coming here. And sooner than we’d like to think, I believe.

Will we who call ourselves the children of the King stand for what is right, even if it will cost us our lives, or the lives of our loved ones? Or will we let others go down, and shutter our blinds to try to preserve our own skin?

We like to think ourselves heroes. We like to identify with the Joshua’s and Caleb’s of the world, not the other 10 spies. We like to identify with the ten Boom’s, thinking we would do the hard work of a hero when the time came. But will we sacrifice ourselves to save others?

Will we put on Christ, who sacrificed Himself to save others?

He is our model, This Hero. The men on the Titanic, soldiers, my husband, the ten Boom’s, these are only folks who modeled themselves after their King, filling up the sufferings of Christ. Will we stand by Him, or deny Him, when the first order hero’s test comes? For to let others suffer while we say nothing so as to save our skin, is to deny Him. It’s to say to an onlooking world, “unlike Meshash, Shadrach and Abednego, I do not believe my god will deliver me, and so I will do whatever it takes in order to deliver myself.”

Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ Jesus, who though he was God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God, he made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and became a man, who then humbled himself and obediently suffered on the cross. (Phil 2:5-8) This is how how Christ Himself became The Hero of the First Order. He suffered for others willingly. The verse before these says it: Let every man not just think about his own concerns, but let us concern ourselves with others (vs. 4). Here is the pattern for us would-be lesser heroes, this First and Truest Hero.

Let this mind be in me, Lord.

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