Thursday, January 13, 2011

Uncommon Valor

"Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard." ~ Acts 4:19-20

This week Jerod Lee Loughner committed a heinous crime. As he fired his pistol into the crowd, 76 year old Dorwan Stoddard died shielding his wife from the bullets. After emptying his first 31 round magazine into the crowd, a wounded 74 year old retired Colonel, Bill Badger, and another man wrestled him to the ground nearly on top of 61 year old Patricia Maisch. She saw his second magazine on the ground and wrestled it from him as Joseph Zamudia helped Badger hold the man on the ground.  When Maisch was called a hero and asked, "How could you do that?" she said, "You do what you have to do. I'm not a hero. Those other men are heroes."  No real hero every thinks he or she is a hero. I have never heard a medal of honor winner, or any other hero under fire take credit. Every one of them points somewhere else, to someone else.

Peter and John were heroes. They stood in front of a group of men who had murdered their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without regard for their own safety, and with concern only that their Lord was glorified, they stood against the enemies of the gospel. After being threatened, they gathered the church and praised and prayed to God. Miraculously, they didn't pray for protection, but for boldness to go out and do it all over again. s to do it again. "And, now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness," ~ Acts 4:29

They demonstrated uncommon valor, because they believed in the one true hero . . . the one who had already laid down His life.  Their valor did not lead them to boast, but to pray. It did not lead them to pray for safety, but for boldness, and God granted their request, "And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." ~ Acts 4:31

Who's your hero? 

How do you pray?