Friday, July 10, 2009

The Original Antiheroes

Antihero. It is a protaganist who is an antithesis of a typical hero. Batman and Wolverine are good examples of antiheroes. Dexter Morgan of Dexter is also an antihero. He kills other serial killers to quench his addiction to kill people. Dr. Gregory of House, MD is an antihero because he treats patients, not because to save lives, but he sees it as solving a puzzle (he even said in one episode that saving lives is just “collateral damage” for him).
Superman is a typical hero. Basically, he’s a nice person (though some versions say that he becomes rogue at times). He has good earth parents. He’s your typical nice guy. Ask Lois Lane.
An antihero can be your hero with loads of weaknesses. He can be a hero with at least one debilitating flaws
Now, with those premises in mind, I hope I will not sound blasphemous here (exaggerations intended), but isn’t it that Christians are the real original antihero? Please don’t get me wrong here. Observe a typical church member in a microscopic manner. Okay, don’t go that far: observe yourself in a microscopic and an introspective manner. One way or another we commit sins. In the eyes of God, sin has no ranking. Sin is sin. And its wages is death (Romans 6:23). Some of us have our own ministries in our local church. It is never wrong to aspire not to commit sin, but we need to face the reality that we are still in our own mortal body. If a weak Christian or a fault finder of the brethren happen to see you doing that sin, presto, you’ll be called hypocrite, even if most people don’t really know the real meaning of the word.
During Wednesdays, Sundays, and other days that you need to minister, you can’t deny the fact that you’re struggling within.
Now, it is very wrong to quit your ministries just because of those truths. If that’s the case, why must a believer need to keep on serving God despite of his inner struggles that makes him, well, an antihero? Because God’s grace abounds. Yes, the Bible says that we continue in sin that grace may abound in our life. However, at the end of the life, we tend to abuse God’s grace, one way or the other. That’s the reason why humility and a repentant heart are two important attitudes of a Christian.
Fellow Christians, are we antiheroic? Humanly speaking, yes. However, by God’s grace, we are not.
Maybe this essay is self contradictory. Still, I hope I have conveyed my message well enough.

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