So everyone has talked about all of the popular movie and comic book heroes, but there is one group of heroes that haven’t been mentioned yet. The NBC television series Heroes has to be one of my favorite stories about heroes and villains. Now, I know these heroes aren’t typical, but they are still legit and awesome.
Let me give you a brief synopsis of the show for those of you that have never heard of it or seen it. Heroes displays the lives of different people all around the world. At first these people seem normal and ordinary, but they eventually realize that there is something special about them. Among the ordinary, everyday people, there are people with special powers or abilities. You have people like Claire who can heal or regenerate her body parts, or Peter who can absorb powers of the people around him, and even Hiro who can stop time and teleport. As the story unfolds and you meet more characters you realize they have something in common, they think they are all alone. They think that they are the only ones with this weird characteristic and they think that they have to keep it a secret because if they don’t people will think they are insane. And as they learn about one another, they band together to protect each other from the villains and the people who would like to harm them.
This concept of being the only one might seem intriguing when you’re watching TV, but in real life there are so many Christians who think this way. They think there is no one in the world like them and there isn’t anyone who could ever understand the struggle they have or understand what life is like for them. And this way of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth.
1 Peter 5:9 says, “…standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” It specifically tells us that there are people all over the world going through struggles just like us. When we hide because we think we are the only Christians in our environment or because we think no one can ever understand what we are going through, we not only open the door for fear, struggle, and loneliness to take charge in our lives, but it also gives permission to those around you who feel alone in the faith to stay in hiding. If you look right before this verse at 1 Peter 5:8, it says the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I don’t know about you but if there was something out there trying to kill me, I would want as many people as I could find on my side helping me fight.
In Heroes, the villain, Sylar, went around killing the people with special abilities because he wanted to be the most powerful person. But once all of the people with the abilities realized that they weren’t alone, they came together and protected one another against their greatest common enemy. We need to stop trying to fight this fight alone and realize that we are better together. There is a reason why we are called the body of Christ, we have to work together as a functioning unit to accomplish the goal God has asked us to complete. We need to help one another, protect one another and love one another.
1 Peter 5:9 is good and encouraging news! When you feel alone in your struggles, or when you feel like you are fighting against everyone and everything, remember there are people all over the world going through the same thing. You don’t have to struggle alone. The Bible says in Genesis 2:18 that it’s not good for man to be alone, so if you don’t have someone in your life to encourage you, love you, help you and guide you, then find someone. We are in this fight together. We are a team. We are a family.