Heroes in the NFL?

Someone is always messing with the dictionary; always trying to rewrite the definition of the word “hero.”

Who are the true heroes?

Hero definition: a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities.

Notice the words – distinguished courage and ability, brave deeds and noble qualities. A hero is much more than an admired person, don’t you think? An admired person may be cordial, polite, generous, and nice to little old ladies. But that doesn’t enter them into the Who’s Who in the Worldwide Book of Heroes.

A hero is a person of distinguished courage; noteworthy, outstanding, head and shoulders above the norm, courage. A person who faces hardships and possibly dangerous situations, even while staring death in the face, maintaining composure to accomplish the mission or honorable deed.

Brave deeds and noble qualities must be kept inseparable if they’re to be used in defining a hero. I mean, brave deeds can be accomplished by a robber attempting to knock off the Chase Manhattan Bank. I wouldn’t call it noble or honorable, would you? Daring? Yes. Noble? No.

I believe our nation has slipped a cog or two when it started referring to professional athletes as heroes. Regardless of whether the sport is football, soccer, horse racing or auto racing, performing well in their sport doesn’t qualify them to wear the hero shirt for the day. It takes more. At least it should.

And now, with the NFL draft behind us, someone else is messing with the dictionary. Imagine, a 7th round draft pick, 249th overall pick, never played a game in the league, may not even make the team’s roster…who’s treated like a hero. The President and First Lady mixed their voices with the rest of the country’s lexicon modifiers, equating a person’s sexual preference with a person of distinguished courage or ability. The fact that a person is the first openly “gay” to be drafted by an NFL team shouldn’t put them in league with people who are admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities.

What is so brave and noble about coming out of the closet?

Anyway, I shouldn’t be surprised. And you know what, it isn’t our President’s fault, or his wife’s fault. It isn’t the media’s fault or the “gay” football player’s fault.

It’s simply the way this world is. Jesus talked about it, Paul wrote about it, and the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit; these are the last days.

Throughout man’s existence there have always been people who’ve tried to change the rules, alter the definitions, and make sin acceptable and even honorable. In turn they try and discredit the people who stand for righteousness, labeling them fanatical nuts. So nothing’s new.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right.” (Isaiah 5:20-23 ESV)

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)

Do you want to know who the real hero is? He’s the one who, with no guarantees that anyone would accept his daring, brave, courageous and noble deed, gave his life a ransom for you and me.

The hero of heroes, Jesus Christ.

And he’s STILL showing his noble qualities by continuing to love this nutty, mixed up world clear to the end. He’s not willing for anyone to perish; not the gays, not the straights, not the lexicon modifiers.

No one.

He’s already gone to hell and back to prove it.