Heros of the Faith

There seems to be a trend of well known individuals who are trying to live their lives within what the media calls “The Christian Faith”.  I am reminded that even in “Biblical Times” well known people were admired for their faith as evidenced in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.

I recently saw and was impressed by an interview with Peyton Manning as he revealed that his family was always in church on Sunday.  I had known that his father Archie Manning was a devout Christian and a member of FCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  I am thankful that people like Peyton, Tony Romo and Roger Stauback have used their popular platforms to tell about Jesus.

I am also thankful for my greatest Hero in the faith…my Dad.  A man who truly walked his talk.  He was not perfect and never tried to hide his imperfection.  But he was a Sunday School teacher of the highest order, a deacon who understood the servanthood and friend to all no matter who they were or how they had to walk.

But beyond that, he was truly a mentor to me.  He filled that important role with honesty and integrity.  He would rip my hoggy froggy when needed and still laugh at my silly mistakes, citing his own growing up as filled with pitfalls.

I have a passion for those who never had that kind of love…tough love at times but clearly understood.  The biggest problem in America today is not the erosion of the economy or the ecology but the erosion of the Father guided family and the values that only he can instill.  There are a lot of single moms who do a great job with their kids and they are to be admired and encouraged.  But even they will tell you, there is no substitute for two caring parents who together with love for one another, guide their children in love and admonition in the Lord.  And, to live by Faith.