Every classic hero story has a few common themes. The hero saves the day. The hero gets the girl. The hero is loved by everyone. That’s what we’ve come to expect in a good hero story. We love hero stories because we see in heroes something that we want to see in ourselves. We want to be the one to save the day. We want to get the girl. And we want to be loved by everyone. We want to change the world. To put it plainly, we want to be the hero.
What is true in the fiction world is not doubt true today. When we look at the heroes that changed the world today, we see people that saved the day. If we are honest, we’d like to be that person. There’s just one problem with being a hero that few want to discuss or deal with; all heroes have enemies. Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luther. G.I. Joe has Cobra. Daniel LaRusso has Johnny Lawerence. If you are going to be a hero, then you are going to have an enemy.
As it goes in the movies, so it goes in the real world. When you want to change the world, you will face enemies of all kinds. When William Wilberforce wanted to abolish slavery, his enemy was the political and economic system of the day. When Dietrich Bohhoeffer stood up for the church and the Jews it was against Hitler and the Nazis. When Nelson Mandela fought for equal rights for blacks in South Africa, he stood against the entire government. All of these heroes changed the world, but they did it by fighting an enemy.
So it was for them, it will be for you. Every hero’s mission is different, thus every enemy will look different. If you are planting a church, your enemy could be another local church or pastor. If you are ministering to youth, it could be apathy. If you are fighting poverty, it could be the American Dream.
Today’s enemies come in all shapes and sizes. If you want to change the world, then be prepared to fight the enemy.* It’s one of the job requirements of being a hero.