Minister’s Musing

Heroes and Villains

We all have a story to tell. A generally, in our own stories, we are good and righteous. Yet, taken from the perspective of others around us – our same stories, told from a different point of view, may show us to be not heroes, but villains. While the history of this nation is built on a story, a narrative, of American heroism and discovery, from the perspective of the indigenous people who occupied this land, early Americans are villains – who stole land and decimated a people. And that theft and decimation continues today.

Similarly, just as we can easily identify ourselves as the heroes of our own stories, and can identify the villains in our own stories. We must imagine that our villains are heroes of their own stories. How does our faith call us to make common ground with those who seem to us villains

Finally, sometimes, we are called to be the villain. To be on the side of what is right and just, we must be the villain. We must challenge authority and status quo. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, was, at the time of his death, considered by many a villain. He was an enemy of the FBI. He was disparaged and maligned by leaders – Black and White alike. Today. he is a hero.

In navigating our roles as heroes or villains, we call on our faith to guide and keep us.

We need faith when we are surrounded by villains

We need faith when we confront my own villainy.

We need faith when we step out to cause some trouble.

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Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson 
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