Yup, I have a hero who is like Christ in character, and unwittingly in power—for now. I’ve heard it often, “don’t make your characters perfect or your audience won’t relate!”
This can be true I guess, but then what about the thousands who got to know Jesus while He walked this earth, and the billions who’ve known Him since? Jesus was contrary to everything the world had accepted as truth and believed. He was/is a total anomaly. Many were confounded by His antics, yet eventually, loads of people came to understand and love Him. Who’s to say the same can’t be true for your character? Jesus is the most loved person in existence. He’s also the most hated person in existence.
Just as in real-life, people either love or hate Jesus, in real-life, people will either love or hate your character. Making your hero like Jesus isn’t an automatic character fail. Every character is like someone: yourself, your mom, your dad, your sister, your husband, your role model, Gandalf, Luke Skywalker. No one character is completely unique. That character is usually a reflection of a real-life person, animal, or thing. The world has plenty of wrong ideas, and not making your character like Jesus because He’s supposedly not relatable is one of them.
Jesus projected Himself and the Father in many stories He told: the father in the parable of the prodigal, the man who found treasure in a field and sold all he had for it, the master who forgave his debtor, the vineyard keeper, the list goes on. In fact, God would use the life-stories of actual people to reflect His Son millennia before He made His earthly appearance. He did this so as to stir up a reminder to the Jews about what the Messiah would do and how He’d be.
I never liked anti-heroes. They’re reflections of our weakness and inconsistency as human-beings without God’s redemption. Lukewarm water, broken and messy, doing good deeds, only to have them polluted by our sins and constant back-sliding.
But I love heroes with a beautiful morale, with strong character and nobility. I find their sacrifice inspiring; reflections of the redemption we have in Christ, what we can be in Christ.
We don’t have to be anti-heroes and semi-heroes. We can be heroes because of the Holy Spirit God graciously gives repentant sinners. Just like the heroes in Bryan’s stories with special abilities and supernatural powers that help them save their worlds, we as Christians have incredible power in Christ to save souls in our world.
God roots for us as we root for the heroes we read about. He’s writing our story, and trust me, He sees greatness, strong warriors of Light. When He looked at seemingly weak and incapable Gideon, He called him a mighty warrior, and He indeed made him one. When He met Peter, He called him a rock, and used Him to kickstart the Church. He made Saul the powerful Paul we read about in the New Testament. God is in the business of writing noble heroes, not anti-ones. And if we are to be His representatives and be like Him, why not make our characters the same, make them what we all can be in Christ?
Enough of the compromising, weak characters who stay in that state and never become like Jesus. Where’s the hope in that? Where’s the power in that? Let’s write the way our God does, and really impact this world with His love and power, letting them know that we don’t have to just read about amazing heroes, we can be amazing heroes.
Natasha Sapienza is a passionate storyteller, blogger, and YouTuber. She’s an especially passionate warrior princess of God’s kingdom, a wife, and a mother. She’s written two eBooks for women and blogs about Christian living, purity, and preparing for marriage. You can get better acquainted through her sites:
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