Where Are Our Heroes?

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“Who will protect us?” While thousands of families across the globe, mourn over the recent heinous attacks of terror, the question rages, “Where are the heroes?”

We are inspired by stories of devotion and personal sacrifice. We rightly rejoice at the thwarted terrorist attack on a Paris bound train last summer by three Americans (Spencer Stone, Aleksander Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler). We stand and remove our hats as our men and women go off to war, and then we complain, criticize and reject everything they do for us.

“A nation that forgets its heroes will itself soon be forgotten.” Calvin Coolidge

Where are our heroes, I will tell you, we have killed them. LikThe_Last_HOPEe the warriors of Vietnam we have rejected them. We have driven them off. When they return bloody and battle warn, we have refused them solace. Their tales of protection are discouraged. We are a nation in danger of losing our protection, because we have rejected our heroes.

Sadly, I am reminded of the same pattern in Christendom. Where are our heroes? Where are the Jonathan Edwards, the Moody’s, or the Billy Sundays that will boldly proclaim the truth of the Gospel? Where are the men that against the forces of evil would lead the charge and storm the gates of hell? Where are the men that would stand in the gap and wage war against the darkness that threatens to overtake us?

I will tell you, we have killed them. We see no need for warriors of a forgotten age that would stand unwaveringly for truth. Our churches have embraced neutered views of godliness. We have rejected, “Thus saith the Lord!” and replaced it with, “Listen to what I feel!” Therefore men of strength are unwelcome and even hated. Our churches have fulfilled the prophecy of the Apostle Paul, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” (2Ti 4:3)

When challenged by the Words of God through these rugged men, we have slain them. The truth becomes too hard for our softened shero8ouls. They enter the pulpit in full armor. With quivering voice and the boldness of meekness (submission to God) honed through years prostrate on their knees, these heroes reach into their scabbard and unveil the sword of God. They boldly lead the charge to follow our Captain…!

Our reaction to such heroism? We gnash our teeth. “How dare he speak such things, a true prophet of the Lord would not let me feel this way?” We cringe at the audacity as the double edged blade comes down with such force penetrating our defenses. We justify ourselves. We borrow from the worldly arsenal and hurl atheistic ideologies of self-worth and validation. We forget that the very barbs of malice were forged by God haters[1] to remove any ounce of the natural occurrence of guilt from violating God’s Word

     We cannot endure the truth, our desires of comfort and rights have grown so large. We must defend ourselves at any cost or our pleasure will be lost. [2]

What is our reward for rejecting our heroes?

If we do not embrace our heroes, we will be forced to submit to that which they protected us from.

I am reminded of Roger Sherman’s haunting words. A man whohero was willing to sacrifice all by signing the Declaration of Independence. “Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.”

It is popular today in Christendom to herald boldness as unloving, but we must realize that we cannot claim to love God and hate or run from the truth. We need military heroes who will stand up to the destructive force of terrorist groups such as ISIS or Al Qaeda and protect the weak and innocent.

      In the same way, we need warriors who have submitted themselves to God’s commands and will protect the weak/immature believers from acts of terror.

Bloodied and weary these great warriors wander on. Rejected for faithfulness, hated for protection. We forget the wounds thero7hat they bare were received in battles, protecting us. As their Master, they have no place of welcome to lay their head. Where are our heroes? We have rejected them. To the heroes who love their Lord and the souls of men too much to lay down your sword, this is my prayer.

Rise up, oh men of God! Without you, the church is unequal to her task, rise up and in the power of the Gospel, boldly proclaim the truths of your commander. Let not one child sleep under your protection in fear, let not another person fall to the poison tongue of bitterness or deceit. Proclaim the truth! Shout above the din and clatter of demonic voices that would ravage and destroy Christ’s Bride. Make us believe again that heroes and giants, of whom the world is not worthy still live. We need you, please do not abandon us in our hour of desperate need.”

Please help encourage our wounded heroes by listing their names in the comment box, and then sharing this link with spiritual heroes that have protected you.

Thank you for your faithfulness to God. My Father Pastor Mielke is my hero, mom too.

My Pastors and Mentors are my heroes: Pastor Dennis Seiler, Pastor Lenard Hubscher, Pastor Greg Huffman, Pastor Shane Belding, Pastor John Schofield, Pastor John Macarthur

My Professors are my heroes: Pastor Ken Marsh, Dr. Hudson, Dr. Crane, Dr. Lumm, Pastor Dan Morrel, Dr. Casey, Jim  Calcamuggio, Dwight DePenning, Dr. Brownewell Dr. Marriot, Dr. Mayes, Dr. Oats, Dr. Moritz, Dr. Meyer,

(Thank you also to the wives of these men that sacrificed at home so they could mentor me. I am also grateful to the many supporters of ministries where these warriors have served.)

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[1] Many of the ideologies of validation and self-worth were created by men who found suicide a better alternative then submission to God, Freud, Nietzsche, etc.

[2] Sometimes we feel so horrible and it does not seem pleasurable. Yet we must realize that when God calls us to repentance, we have to be willing to let go and let Him deal with the consequences, and we are too comfortable in the safety of our sinful reactions.)

 

10 thoughts on “Where Are Our Heroes?

    1. Ken, your investment in my life went far beyond the classroom. I think the one area that stuck out the most was the sense that I knew you really cared about me, and therefore, I wanted to be poured into.

  1. My heroes
    Those with the Lord: Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (after all, we named our son after him.) Pastor Glen Miller, Pastor Paul Lobb, Pastor Marv Nelson, Leonard Frazier

    Those still on the planet: Millard Skar, a carpenter from ND, Chuck Houser, a body man from PA, Danny Park, a farmer from MN, Pastor Phil Siefkes, Pastor Dave Gerhardt, …..

    Can I start listing those heroes who have influenced me through their writing – some in the present day and others of centuries past?

    1. Go ahead and list writers as well. I have spent many weeks at the feet of men that never knew they were mentoring me. What authors would you recommend for young ministers to learn from?

      1. Tamra hasn’t done any writing other than those lists for me when I go to the store or the honey do lists for things around the house.
        You are correct about Martyn Lloyd Jones and Tony Dungy. I would add to that S. Lewis Johnson, J. Dwight Pentecost (there’s that name again), Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, John MacArthur, D. Edmond Hiebert, Charles Spurgeon, B. B. Warfield, Charles Hodge, Homer A. Kent, William Hendriksen.
        As you may suspect these have greatly influenced me through their commentaries. Writing this reminds me of a story I heard recently about J. Vernon McGee. I am not sure where it took place but he was on the platform with a young seminarian who was going to be preaching in chapel. As the young man walked past Dr. McGee on his way to the pulpit Dr. McGee grabbed his arm and uttered these words, “leave them with the Word.”
        That was a great exhortation coming from a man who consistently did that. If you listen to J. Vernon McGee, whatever else you may say about his ministry you must say he left you with the Word.
        I cannot think of a much greater goal for all our preaching, teaching and counseling ministries.

  2. It is with great joy that I have the privilege of reading your thoughtful and kind words. You have been a tremendous blessing to all of us as we haven’t watched you take a stand for Christ in this evil day. May God bless your grateful spirit and your sweet family.

  3. Mary Ann and I appreciate your heart for and commitment to ministry. Seeing young men like you willing to rise up and “stand in the gap” is a reward for our labors far greater than anything this world has to offer.

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