I like movies. I admire the screenwriters’ creativity and how they are able to imagine things and bring them to life, for people to enjoy. Most movies that do well are built on a running tension between good guys (protagonists) and the bad guys (antagonists). Often the good guys are in pursuit of the bad guys, fighting ensues and the good guys win.
This is a perfect story.
However, the interesting thing is, rarely does the good guy die on behalf of those he or she is fighting for. He may suffer injury but soon recovers and administers the full force of justice to the evildoers.
This got me thinking of a different kind of hero.
Some two thousand years ago, He was born in a manger even though He was a King. In fact, He was the King of Kings, but He took the lowly place. Like a good child, He obeyed his parents, grew to be a fine young man and was baptized by his cousin; a prophet, who lived in the desert, called John the Baptist.
Following the baptism, He was tempted, He healed the sick, walked on water, forgave sins; He spoke with wisdom unknown to men and even fed multitudes with very little food in hand, after long days of preaching.
He was a hero in His time.
His disciples even called Him the Messiah. They thought He would free Israel from the often-brutal reign of the Romans. But He had other things in mind.
His focus was the ultimate mission: to save the whole world and provide a way for restored friendship with His father, God. He told his followers, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
So He was beaten and bruised for sins He did not commit. Eventually, He was crucified, full of shame, so that through His death and resurrection, we might live and taste eternal life. Through observing the life of Jesus Christ, I have learned that it’s more important to serve, and give, than receive.
Humanitarian work is not that easy, many times full of danger and mishaps. Moreover, aid workers are regularly uncomfortable situations. But, it is what God has called us to do.
My colleagues who are the frontline of fighting poverty have responded to the call. They are an army of servants, well equipped to end poverty in all its forms.
Each field trip I take is a frame showing the massive impact and influence of Food for the Hungry’s (FH) work across the African continent. I recently worked on a film, shot by my good friend Rodney Rascona, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
We found that women, along with men and children, now have a chance to participate in developing their communities. Community leaders and members are now at the forefront of fighting rape and injustice in eastern DRC.
This was the heart of Christ. He was all about healing and restored relationships. With all the pressing things that require our time and effort, my prayer is that I will always be available to help heal the world’s brokenness.