BY SARAH CHO
In the name of progress, our society continually dubs individuals as heroes of noble thought, beautiful appearance, extraordinary character and expertise, setting them apart from the common mold. The university is, in fact, an important hub where many of these societal heroes are produced. But when we fixate our gazes on these figures, we often forget that they—regardless of what they’ve achieved—will fail, disappoint, and leave us forgetful selves standing agape.
When we place our hope in humanity, it’s easy to grow smug about our heroic deeds as we march to the city hall, sign petitions, delve into studies of philosophy and technology, organize initiatives, and even as we serve our ministries. Yet, day by day, as we fulfill our duties, our hearts grow agitated with the sluggish progress toward perfection. Where is the societal infrastructure that defends the weak and detains evil? Where is the fellowship that consists of people who are wholly convicted by the Gospel and urgently speak words of God’s wrath and mercy to a city full of broken spirits? Will the process of sanctification please speed up? The earth can only groan for so much longer.
This semester’s theme, “Heroes and Superheroes,” allows us to delve deeper into an examination of our souls, which we find beautifully crafted after God but miserably condemned to sin. It is a proclamation, startling to the world, of our need for a Savior, a hero who defends and intercedes for the wretched, and a superhero who can defeat death itself. Paul wrote to the Christians of Ephesus that they were once dead in transgressions and sins, but that God raised them up with Jesus Christ and seated them with Him in the heavenly realms so that He might show the incomparable riches of His grace (Eph. 2:1, 6, 7 niv). Not a single person, regardless of personal accomplishments, can survive a moment, much less eternity, without God’s grace. But even so, this grace ultimately testifies not of those God saves, but the God who saves.
This story was never about you or me. It was, is, and will always be about Him. So as we engage in the restoration of society and the sanctification of our body, let us ask ourselves: by whom, for whom? Let us never be content until we are on our knees, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, equipped with the Word, and witnesses of the miracle of salvation. Demand not, for we do not deserve such mercy, but “ask and you will receive” (Matt. 7:7 niv). May Jesus Christ be to us more than a moral teacher, but a Savior who defeated death on the cross through His resurrection—a Savior worth living and dying for.