“Of course it’s mine, I bought and paid for it.” John Wayne
Marion Morrison, called “Duke” by his friends, was recruited to play football for the University of Southern California. In exchange for football tickets, he started working in Hollywood. In 1926, he was given a small part in a movie and then started acting full-time. Given the name “John Wayne,” he appeared in one hundred and eighty-five films during his life-time.
From the 1940’s to the 1970’s, John Wayne was an icon for most American males. He personified masculinity on the motion-picture screen, and he was my childhood hero. I saw all of his movies, and I wanted to be like him.
In 1965, my dad told me that John Wayne was coming to town. He was to be the grand-marshal in the National Cowboy Hall Fame parade. Dad asked me if I wanted to go, and I wasted no time in saying yes. I was so excited!
The following morning, I was standing on a crowded street. While waiting, my preadolescent mind pictured flags flying, bands playing, and John Wayne looking at me as he rode by on a big horse. Finally, the time came. I peered around the spectators and looked down the street. I could see a mass of people marching our way. The music was playing, the flags were flying, and my dream was coming true.
He was big man, and he was riding a big horse. Then it happened! As he rode by smiling, he took off his cowboy hat and waved it. At that very moment, my cowboy fantasy world ended. My hero had a flaw. John Wayne was bald-headed! He was nothing more than an actor portraying a hero, and he had been doing it while wearing a toupee.
Since that day, I have become more cautious when it comes to my personal beliefs. I am not cynical, but before purchasing a product or believing a statement, I investigate the claims. How about you?
Saul was the first human king over Israel (1 Samuel 10:17-26). He was impressive, for he was a big and mighty man. He looked like a king, but his appearance was deceiving (1 Samuel 9:2). On the surface, he was God’s hero, but internally he was a very selfish person (1 Samuel 13:8-14). He did not want to submit to the true king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:7-14).
Who’s your hero? Are you seeking the truth, or are you following an illusion? Take a look at Jesus, for he’s the real deal (John 14:5-14). Christian, are you up for the task?
“Open our eyes, Lord,
we want to see Jesus…
Open our ears, Lord,
and help us to listen.”