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Topic: Heroes (03/08/04)

TITLE: An Honor Above All
By Lawrence Farlow


There is probably no other word so loosely flung about today than ‘heroes.’ Sometimes it seems all that is required to be one is to die an untimely death (regardless of how one lived) or suffer what’s seen to be an undeserved misfortune and you’re proclaimed a ‘hero’.

That’s not to say, of course, there aren’t those who truly earn the title through genuine acts of heroism. The firefighters of New York who responded to the World Trade Center disaster come immediately to mind.

However, there are many heroes today who don’t make the evening news or even the local newspaper.

I met some of these heroes a few months back.

The country of Moldova used to be part of the Soviet Union. Given independence in the early 1990’s it again became possible for Christians there to openly share their faith. I was blessed to travel there on a mission trip in October of last year.

There I met an elderly woman who’d served the Lord for years, even under communist oppression. Her hearts desire during those days was simply to have a Bible of her own, a prayer which the Lord answered during the waning days of communism. She lived in a small village along a dirt road with no indoor plumbing. Beaming at us she declared ‘We’re poor but we’re rich in the Lord!’

I met a pastor who’d kept the faith during all the years of state sponsored atheism, who’d been unjustly accused of all manner of terrible things by the government in order to discredit him and the Lord he served.

I met a woman, a former communist and atheist, who had accepted Christ and still, even under the new so-called freedoms in Moldova had lost her job because she was open about her faith with a boss who remained a committed communist.

I met a young man who’d gone to a village to start a church with his wife and newborn child. When we met him, he’d already had the tires on his car flattened and his life threatened by villagers loyal to the local Orthodox priest, yet he and his family remain there to love those who persecute them.

God’s Word speaks of heroes like these. Listen from Hebrews Chapter 11:36-38

"Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground."

All over our world today, in Moldova, in Vietnam, in China, in Cuba, in Iran and Iraq, in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, all over the globe, there are men and women facing hardships like these and worse for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

These are the heroes. They may not receive accolades and medals in this life but one day they will stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and receive the most valuable honor of all, to hear Jesus Christ say ‘well done, good and faithful servant’.

Member Comments
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Sarah Balk Bond03/15/04
You listed some true heroes, and provided good insights. Good work, thanks!
Lynne Cox03/15/04
It's the unsung heroes of our world who deserve the greatest reward.
Linda Germain 03/18/04
I am wondering if some of us would do as well as those you described? Good observations.
Dave Wagner03/20/04
!!! How did you get some of your text to be italicized?! Teach me, teach me!

This was a solid, well-crafted post. Thanks for posting it.
Naomi Deutekom03/21/04
Good job