Who can forget Mel Gibson’s epic performance in Braveheart? The 1995 blockbuster tells the tale of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace, who rallied the Scottish against the English monarch and Edward I.
Movies in this genre will always be popular because our hearts will always be moved by courageous leaders who rally common men like us to live and die for great and noble causes. And there is nothing amiss with the sentiments evoked, for they have been programmed into us by our Creator. This is how our hearts should be, making leadership a first-order issue of immense importance, no matter the context.
That said, recognising, rallying around, adoring and following our True Braveheart, Jesus, will go a long way towards injecting a greater level of health into the church. Following Him is something we all do together in the church, leaders and congregation alike. There are most certainly differences in gifts and callings, anointings and authority, roles and placements within the church. Yet we must remain emphatic regarding our all having received a faith of equal standing. It is Jesus who is our Braveheart, and only Jesus.
Thank God for every hero of the faith, ancient and modern, in whom Jesus resonates. The louder the echo of His greatness the better. Let’s be inspired and encouraged; even grateful. But let’s never be confused. It’s all about Jesus!
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Mel Gibson’s famous line from the movie, “They may take our land, but they will never take our freedom” resonates on so many levels, but on one level in particular; the devil comes to steal and take what’s not his – constantly tries to take ‘land’ in our lives/hearts/souls – but he can never take our gift of freedom for which Christ made us free to enjoy.
Loved the post from a great leader – who doesn’t pull people inwardly to himself, but encourages them to live outwardly for Jesus and His glory!
Kind words Ross. Thank you!