Am I the only one who is tired of hearing what a hero Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is for having the courage to have transgender surgery? In this country, which prides itself on its tolerance, I’m sure that many will be offended by this post, and that some may even accuse me of being intolerant. However, before you accuse me of intolerance, allow me to confess that I am indeed intolerant, as are my accusers. Those who are offended and accuse me of being intolerant are intolerant of my intolerance, while I am indeed intolerant of sin, which steals, kills and destroys mankind.
How, pray tell, can Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner be called a hero, for undergoing a surgery and transformation that has won him/her more fame and fortune than he had before having this procedure? Jenner’s transformation was for purely selfish reasons, to fulfill his own sinful desires, not to rescue or help other human beings. Jenner never allowed his children’s feelings about this transformation to stop him from doing so, because this was what he desired, and that was more important to him than anything else. Indeed, Jenner is the antithesis of what a hero really is, according to dictionary.com…
Self-serving deeds are not and have never been heroic, no matter what Hollywood or the media may say. Most certainly, sin is not, nor has it ever been heroic. Perhaps people have forgotten what true heroism is, and that’s why they call people such as Jenner and other movie and television stars, as well as professional sports men and women heroes, even though in reality, most haven’t done anything heroic, unless you call earning exhorbitant wages for jobs that don’t even require a full year’s work heroic.
Shall I tell you what a true hero is? You need look no further than our men and women in uniform, who selflessly serve their country (you and me), for relatively low wages, considering their lives are at stake, all for the sake of the freedom that you and I enjoy. Do you still wonder what a real hero is? Then look no farther than the men and women in our cities, states, towns and counties, who selflessly enforce the law, so that you and I can live safely.
Heroes are the lifeguards at the pools and the beaches, who save countless lives, because that’s just how they roll. Let’s not forget the men and women who provide medical services in order to keep us healthy and well. Also, let’s not forget about the paramedics and EMT’s, who race to rescue people’s lives on a regular basis.
Are you still unsure about what a hero is? Look at the many volunteer firemen and women all across this great nation, who at the sound of the siren, leave whatever they are doing, in order to run to the firehall, and try to put the fire out. These men and women risk their lives in order to rescue people who may be trapped in a fire, and also to save their homes. All of this is done selflessly, not for their own benefit, but for yours and mine.
Still confused? Take a look at all of the fathers and mothers, who struggle to make their marriage work, not just for their own sake, but also for the sake of their children. Look at the daddies and mommies, who work hard to provide for and care for their children’s needs. Look at the many parents who would rather do without, in order to ensure their children have what they need.
There are many more examples of heroes, but let me leave you with just one more. He was born with nothing, and raised by His mother and a man who wasn’t really His father. Yet, He didn’t complain about it. In fact, He went out of His way to be obedient to both His mother and His stepfather. When He grew up, He hung out with alcoholics, prostitutes and derelects, and taught them a better way to live. He was a radical, known as the Son of Man and the Son of God.
He was despised and rejected by many, and most people thought it was His own fault. It never occured to them that He suffered for their sake. They didn’t know that the sins of all mankind were put on Him, and that He was bruised for our transgressions and chastised for our iniquities. He never told a lie, never stole anything, and never cheated or hated anyone. Instead, He spoke truth and life, He gave His life for all of mankind, and He loved each and every person He ever met, with an all-consuming, never ending love. He paid the price for the sins of all mankind, including Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner, so that all who believed in Him could live. The price for sin is death, and so, He was tortured mercilessly and died a most painful death on a cross, after being whipped with a cat-o’-nine tails. Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man was and is the ultimate hero, because He gave Himself entirely, so that we might live. He is a hero, because He loved us and died for us, when we were His enemies and still lost in our sins.
He is MY hero, because He saved ME.
When you put Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner beside the heroes I listed, you quickly realize that he/she is most certainly NOT a hero in any way, shape or form. No pun intended.
Cheryl A. Showers