Batman is one of my all time favorite caped crusaders. He was always ready and willing to help the less fortunate, putting crime and criminals in their place, and always ended up with a pretty girl.
Growing up, Batman was a mere shell of what he became later in life. The Batman today is a true American hero. I have watched all of the Batman movies several times. I have even hinted that I would love to receive the entire collection in DVD format, in order to watch them again and again. (It may be I need to move to the demand stage, since hinting has not worked.) I love forward to one day introducing my hero to Savannah.
Do you remember WonderWoman? Oh, I do! She was my favorite week night program to watch, and in the early days, even in black and white, would excite the young crime fighter in me. We are talking about a woman who would make grown men cry when caught in the tawdry and torrid life of crime and deception.
When I am pushed to the limits to name my American Hero and Heroine, I will name John Wayne. Now there was a man who knew how to take the “bite out of crime.” Every little boy wanted to be like John Wayne. He was tough and strong, rode horses and traveled the west with a “six shooter” and was always getting into a ruckus. It is a John Wayne movie where I fell in love with a heroine. True Grit is the all time favorite movie, even getting a remake in recent years.
The original movie was dubbed, “The strangest trio to track a killer.” Starring in this movie, along side John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, we find Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and Gen Campbell as La Boeuf (Campbell has always been my favorite Country Music Hero, but that is a story for another day). The plot, according to IMDb.com, is as follows:
“The murder of her father sends a teenager tomboy, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), on a mission of justice, which involves avenging her father’s death. She recruits a tough old marshal, Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has grit and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeulf (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man, Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma to find their man.”
Wayne and Darby make a pair of crime-fighters no one wants to contend with. You come away from this movie with awe and respect for both of them. Both are very different, but both passionate for justice and truth.
Modern day heroes and heroines are no less popular and carry with them the ability to fight crime using modern technology and common, down to earth know how. Take the television persona of individuals like Mark Harmon and Pauley Parrett of NCIS, Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino of Cold Case, and Eddie Cahill and Sela Ward of CSI-NY. These have made us aware of the crime that prevails in society, how the various law enforcement agencies fight crime and show us the procedures used in fighting crime.
While many are searching for a hero or heroine in today’s society, the world has many to offer. Some good; some bad. Some are worthy to be followed and imitated, but there is one who fits the true definition and he always “gets his man.”
The true hero lived over two-thousand years ago. He did not have a place to call home, his family deserted him, his admirers cursed him, and he was prohibited from entering several towns. He was a called several names, and was the leader of a ragged and motley gang of men who came from various walks of life. His purpose was to bring change to society as a whole, to religious practices and to give hope beyond this life for all who would come after him.
This true hero died the death of a criminal, but was not guilty of any crimes. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, but three days later, he was alive again because there was more to do, and he was not of this world.
Jesus Christ was and is the true hero of all time. He still lives today and still comes after those who are seeking a purpose and reason for life and a hope beyond this life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
John Wayne and others have always been my American Heroes, but Jesus stands above them all! If you are looking for a hero, then look no further, because Jesus stands at the door and knocks. (Revelation 3:20) Open the door and let the true hero in and He will never leave you. (Matthew 28:20)
This article is complete and the other one will have to wait. NCIS is coming on and I have to see Pauley tonight.