We Don’t Need Another Hero

DSC_0129Out of the ruins
Out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistake this time

The scene is Senegal, Africa. To be more specific, Diouloulou. In fact, it’s “A Sunday Afternoon in Diouloulou,” and something unique is happening.

We are the children
The last generation
We are the ones they left behind

A small group of believers gather in a home and their only article of worship is Jesus and His Word, and as far as they know, He is all they need. So they gather and adore Him. The worship experience is enhanced by the various colors in the room, not of the house itself, but of the image-bearers making up this body.

Looking for something
We can rely on
There’s gotta be something better out there

Far away, in a radically different culture, masses gather to sit and sing, but after six days of selfishly tending to themselves, who is it that they gather to worship? The multitudes come, but not together. They segregate themselves by color, opinion, tradition, and status.

Love and compassion
Their day is coming
All else are castles built in the air

Very different worlds separate the scenes and one is at a great disadvantage, but which one?

So what do we do with our lives
We leave only a mark
Will our story shine like a light
Or end in the dark

Give it all or nothing…

A father gingerly wipes the sweat from the brow of his daughter’s head as he listens to his friend tell of a wonderful God who loves and saves His people.

Jesus is moved with compassion. He knows that in this rickety shack and sitting on the floor are His friends and that He alone is the hero and darling of their lives.

All the children say
We don’t need another hero
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond

{Pretty sure it’s a given, but the italics offered are from Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”}

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to We Don’t Need Another Hero

  1. bubblykt says:

    thank you for this 🙂

    • mtsweat says:

      And thank you for visiting, reading, and commenting. I must admit your site name caused enough curiosity to draw me to read some of your entrees over at your blog. We’ve subscribed so to get back and read deeper into your story. In half an hour at your place though, I learned of much I was not aware. Your “nine things” was educational with a hint of “sarcastic” humor, which is appreciated knowing the service to our Lord you persevere, but then… you accommodate this mindset with the explanation, “He’s taken a risky chance in placing His glorious gospel in broken vessels.” So repeating James Brown here, “I feel good!” Prayers for you today good friend as you diligently walk with Jesus where He leads.

  2. Dave Knickerbocker says:

    I suppose this is one of the reasons why the church in Africa is doing so much better than ours. Great post.

    • mtsweat says:

      You make a great point, good friend. I’m so relieved to see my strange post isn’t so difficult to read the message through. It is a statistically proven fact now that if trends continue, our children will live in a day when there are more Christians in China and Africa than in the lands of Western culture. It’s a great thing that Jesus is becoming known in these lands, it would be even better if He wasn’t being forgotten in ours.

  3. cc says:

    Timely reminder. Thank you. And I sing back in reply…with Bonnie Tyler…”Up where the mountains meet the heavens above…out where the lightning splits the sea…I could swear there is Someone, somewhere watching me. Through the wind and the chill and the rain…and the storm and the flood…I can feel His approach like a fire in my blood. I (we) need a Hero. I’m holding out for a hero till the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong…and He’s gotta be fast…and He’s gotta be fresh from the fight.”
    We’ve got a Hero. Many still need to hear that Good News.

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