In many movies today there appears to be a new tendency to emphasise the weaknesses and failings of the heroes and main characters in the story.
For example, recent film exposés of Winston Churchill’s life in office don’t hold back in bringing out his moody, difficult and overbearing personality. And for the Brits who hail him as a hero, such exposés are difficult to hear.
Cricket fans may still be reeling from the disappointing actions of Smith, Warner and Bancroft, and their role in the ball tampering scandal a few months back.
The book of Judges in the Bible is about fallen heroes. Flawed leaders. Failed rulers.
And, as such, we are reminded that ultimately there is only one, real hero in Judges; God himself.
Judges 3:15 is a line repeated throughout Judges: ‘‘Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer (i.e. a judge)’’.
What this tells us is that we need to look beyond fallible men and women, even ourselves, to find true salvation.
Salvation from our greatest enemy — sin.
And when we ‘‘cry out to the Lord’’ in faith, God still comes to our rescue. God has, in a much more powerful way, ‘‘raised up’’ Jesus as our deliverer – our saviour, who won’t let us down, who won’t fail, and who will bring us safely into God’s kingdom. He is someone we can trust in and live for.
Don’t look to human heroes to get you through, and beyond, this life. As the movies portray, they are flawed.
Look to Jesus. Everything and everyone else will ultimately let you down.
Through Jesus, God won’t.
~ Contributed Contributed by Pastor Chris Taylor of the Deniliquin Baptist Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.