What began as a four part series on “The Lesser of Two Evils” turned into five after a summary. Five turned into six with the follow up “Heroes Are Born of Crisis”. Today six turns into seven as we continue to examine courage.
It’s truly been a joy to review these accounts of valor. It has shed a beaming light of hope and inspiration. But where there is light, there is a shadow. Today we will look at the dark side of courage. Yes it takes courage to be a hero, but it also takes courage to be a villain.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Dr. George Tiller. He was known as “Tiller the Baby Killer”. His infamy was earned for his reputation for performing late term abortions – lots of them. He performed some 40,000 abortions. It would have been more but his 40 year career was cut short after being murdered as he walked into church (where he served as an usher).
But Tiller’s 40,000 pales in the face of Bernard Nathanson (once a Jewish atheist who became a pro-life Catholic) who admitted to having performed some 75,000 abortions.
Both of these men faced fierce criticism, persecution, and outright attack. Yet they persisted. They must have truly believed in what they were doing.
Let me ask you a question:
As Christians, is there anything we believe in that much?
The “church speak” answer would go something to the effect of “Christ”. OK – show me some modern day heroes. I don’t deny that some exist, but is concerns me that if that question were posed in a small group bible study, I believe the rest of the hour would be spent struggling to compile that list. I’m also afraid that the list might be composed of mainly high profile preachers. Not that preaching isn’t meritorious, but attaining acclaim as such is more of a testimony to marketing than valor.
I think it’s fair to conclude that courage is the means of measurement by which we can gauge conviction. At the end of the day, courage is an outward manifestation of that which fills our heart.
What’s in your spiritual wallet?
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