Ode To The Common Heroes

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The earth is impregnated with heroes.

They love the land others think is cursed.

Their eyes aren’t on fortunes or fame, unless having to do with increasing their King’s, as His fortune is measured in souls and His fame established in grace. Grace that’s invited the sickest, murdering pervert among them to dine at the Father’s table – realizing they had all been branded the same for executing the Father’s son with their sin. Sick, murdering perverts who found grace.

They have the audacity to think they can impact their region; having themselves been touched by the life altering presence of God, they do not think it a stretch to believe that that same presence can change those around them.

They get frustrated with other Children of the Light who unwittingly mimic the lies of the Enemy over territory marked for the King, but remember they would be in the same depraved condition if it weren’t for divine perspective.

So they move in grace for the saved and the unsaved alike.

They are dispensers of mercy, not holding people to the fates they deserve; dispensers of grace, looking to give to people that which they do not merit.

Their culture is upside down. Unusual. Deliriously different and yet definitively divine.

They see their cities and towns and villages through heaven’s eyes, ever aware that there’s a better way to live for those struggling to feel better about the way they’re living.

They’re dreamers. Warrior poets. They make music with their inventions, create positions with their endeavors, generate monies with their pursuits, and forge converts with their humility.

All the while reminding the Enemy he only has control over regions of the earth where no Christ-followers live: if they aren’t there yet, Devil, they’ll be there soon.

You can attack them, frustrate them, discourage them, shove them, marginalize them and tempt them, but you can not defeat them. Because the epicenter of their earthquake causing, ear drum rupturing, heart stopping power is the Mercy Seat of Jesus Christ.

Kill one and you’ve invited heaven to your house, indeed doing God a favor in designating a place that’s in need of mercy. Kill them all and they’ll only be replaced by more; for the Creator has an endless supply of resources with which to fashion an army capable of representing Himself, embodying his love, and serving those in deepest darkness into light.

Their sleeves are rolled up. Eyes are on the horizon. Faces set like flint.

Yet they look common on the outside.

And this, the beauty of it all.

For when the Enemy least expects it, he’ll have lost another soul, another town, another nation to some unsuspecting vagabond that reeks of the divine, sounds like the crucified, walks with a limp, and has eternity in their eyes.

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  • http://www.jenniferhopperphoto.com Jennifer Hopper

    Incredibly written. So powerful.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thank you love.

  • http://dadscancooktoo.com Nathan

    Chris, this is beautiful. Thanks for being a hero

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Honored to fight alongside you swordbrother.

  • Victoria Herrera

    This is AWESOME. And so encouraging!

    “You can attack them, frustrate them, discourage them, shove them, marginalize them and tempt them, but you can not defeat them. Because the epicenter of their earthquake causing, ear drum rupturing, heart stopping power is the Mercy Seat of Jesus Christ.”

    YES YES YES! I’m SO thankful He’s the center because trust me, having anything else as the center is just too hard!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      “…Having anything else as the center is just too hard!”

      Well said!

  • Leah Stockholm

    …WoW…so much truth!! Love it ;) Great reminder!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks Leah. I’ve been around some incredible leaders that have drilled this into me. So thanks to them for living out these truths.

  • Kirk

    Simply powerful! Thanks for the reminder!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks for all your teaching and perspective to bring this kind of thinking about.

  • Gabe

    Powerful, and beautifully written.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks very much Mr. Gabe.

  • Shelly Evans Zacek

    Such encouraging and beautifully written words. I’m forwarding them to my parents :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thank you for that kindness Shelly. Please forward some love from us along with it.

  • http://www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com Wayne Thomas Batson

    Uhm…Dude. I am breaking my pen over my knee. This is INSPIRED. This is THE speech before we charge into battle! This is a prayer before facing the might of the enemy! This is the pierced hand reaching down to pull us out of the muck we’ve made of ourselves! This needs to go on a poster or a placard or something!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You bless me bro. Thanks for this.

      Love being able to charge into battle together my friend. One of my life’s true honors.

  • Brett

    I have read this around ten times today. Motivating, inspiring, a battle cry for all Christians to rally around.  Really believe this perfectly articulates where the world is at (pessimism), what we need to find (salvation), where we are headed (Heaven), and how we best get there (Love).

    Cheers!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      If there was such thing as a perfectly articulated comment in reply, you just stuck it.

  • matt Harris

    Word!!! Just awesome! !!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks bro! Love your guts.

  • DaddyH

    I love what Victoria wrote in response to your beautiful submission,CK.She wrote:“You can attack them, frustrate them, discourage them, shove them, marginalize them and tempt them, but you can not defeat them. Because the epicenter of their earthquake causing, ear drum rupturing, heart stopping power is the Mercy Seat of Jesus Christ.”
    Amen to that,Victoria.You wrote what your fine name most certainly implies.Victory in Jesus,through His Blood alone,forever!