I'm old-fashioned. I desperately miss hymns in church. I don't own a smart phone (let alone an “app” for one). I still listen to LPs, and I even read books printed on paper.
And I like to read books with heroes. Not just protagonists, but the kind of POV characters that as a kid we called “good guys.” (Remember them?)
Maybe that's why my shelves are filled with various genres of action-packed novels. I love to experience adventure vicariously: on deck with Dudley Pope's Nicholas Ramage of the British Navy, in the saddle with Stephen Bly's Stuart Brannon, racing a 1904 Locomobile with Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell, or exploring an underground river with his Dirk Pitt.
And not just experience these heroes' adventures, but also their virtues. Yes, in the best of these stories, the heroes are human. They face doubts and setbacks. But with integrity, they persevere.
And because they do, more than just their fictional settings and associates come out ahead. I believe their readers do too. In a world splashed with bad news and scandals, we need heroes—people we can respect and from whom we can draw inspiration as we face our own mundane battles.
Are we too sophisticated for heroes today? I don't think so. Though I'm not much of a sports fan, I remained fixed to the screen for several hours this past Sunday as I watched the latest installment of “The Adventures of Tim Tebow—Football Hero.” In a sport plagued by stars who've succumbed to the world, the flesh, and the devil, here's a genuine hero who by the grace of God has stayed true to those values that remain long after the players leave the field.
The amount of ink and airtime devoted on Monday to the storylines behind the game show me that sportscasters—and the public—still know the power of a gripping story. Especially a story with a hero. Maybe some are cynics hoping to see him fall. But whether in real life or in fiction, I believe many of us still long to see a good guy win.