Someone to believe in

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I’ve lost faith in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, politicians of all parties, the space program, and most recently computer technology. What’s left?!

Saturday morning. Eleven o’clock. For the first ten years of my life, it meant strapping on my double set of guns, saddling up my rocking horse, and putting on my white hat and black mask.

At the appointed hour, my hero would appear on the screen with a “cloud of dust Copy and a hearty ‘Hi-O Silver,’ The Lone Ranger!”

I’ve learned some painful truths, however, since those “thrilling days of yesteryear.” “Kemo Sabe” may mean trusted scout, but in Spanish Tonto means stupid. And, I was shot out of the saddle when I learned the Lone Ranger could never have pinged the guns out of the outlaw’s hands from one hundred yards. The black powder used in bullets at that time was too unpredictable. My hero would have been lucky to hit the hombre’s horse at one hundred feet.

I don’t even enjoy watching reruns of “daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains who led the fight for law and order in the early West.” It’s so disillusioning when our heroes are unmasked!

Since then I’ve lost faith in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, politicians of all parties, the space program, and most recently computer technology. You’ve probably lost faith is some heros as well. So, after our heroes and hopes have been dashed, what’s there to believe in?! (To make it worse, I’m a journalist, so I’m naturally cynical and skeptical.)

One hero who has stood the test of time for me is Jesus Christ. Wait! I’m not talking about organized religion, TV evangelists, or any church. I’m talking about someone whose revolutionary life and teachings have changed the world as we know it.

Jesus taught value for all humans

Like the Lone Ranger, Jesus was a champion of the weak and powerless. In first century culture that taught that children were expendable, women were property and slaves and prisoners were without value, Jesus Christ provided respect, dignity and value to the “least of these.” (Read more at Jesus Christ: culture changer.

Jesus taught relationship over religion

Jesus’ harshest teachings were against the religious leaders of his time who taught legalistic bondage to hundreds of rules, rather than having a loving relationship with God. (Read more at Looking for love and Genuine Jesus or Counterfeit Christ?

Jesus taught love over rules

Most of all, I love Jesus’ incredible love for me and his desire that I love all.

      One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

      Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:35-40).

I’ve put away my rocking horse and toy guns and have chosen to follow a real hero. If you don’t know Jesus—or worse, have been taught a counterfeit version of him—I’d invite you to seriously consider the claims and the character of my hero—and Kemo Sabe—Jesus Christ.

You can explore his life and lessons in the first four books of the New Testament (read online) or read excerpts from Jesus: His Life and Lessons.

Unlike the masked man, Jesus is a hero who won’t disappoint!

Copyright © 2000, 2014 James N. Watkins. All rights reserved.

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