Heroic Conceptualizations

Throughout the centuries, stemming back thousands of years, we have been conceptualizing sets of ideals that often times manifested themselves in that of heroes of old. As far back as 3,000 BC in ancient Sumeria and Egypt we see this conceptualization manifest itself through heroic figures such as Gilgamesh, Marduk, and Osiris.

Even today we see these same types of conceptualizations manifesting themselves in fictionist characters such as Superman, Iron Man, Captian Marvel, and the like. And yet all of these conceptualized heroes possess one or more form of weakness that hinders them from becoming the full manifestation of the ultimate ideal.

Within the context of Christianity we see this conceptualization of the ultimate ideal not only manifest itself within the literary work of the gospels, but physically present itself in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in real time. The character of Christ presented no weaknesses, and exhibited perfect balance throughout His life on earth.

Christ was as gentle as a lamb, and yet as courageous as a lion. He was seen as a humble servant, and yet also as a divine warrior. He graciously forgave sinners, and yet condemned sin. He would not bruise a reed and was filled with love, and yet He overcomes the evil one.

If there were to be any hero typology that humankind were to seek, if any ideal in which they sought to emulate; Christ is the hero and the ultimate ideal. Be gentle and yet courageous. Be a servant to all, and yet a soldier for Christ. Be gracious to all, and yet veer from sin. Be filled with love, and yet fight the good fight.

-Michael Thacker

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