In the movie Braveheart, change didn’t occur in Scotland until the hero, William Wallace, forced himself into the midst of the “nobles.” These men loved their titles, wealth and prestige, but they had no will to fight. Every time the tyrant English king wanted to take more freedom from them, they responded by making a truce. Their problem was they loved the status quo more than a life of victory.
But, as is often the case when week men rule, God raised up a real man. William Wallace, a man of no nobility, rose up in their midst and called them out on their weakness. One day while facing the British army Wallace and his men took to the front lines. Their only mission was to fight. And while the weak nobles were only there to increase their lands and titles, Wallace and his men knew that as long as evil was left unabated, the people would continue to be oppressed. Wallace galloped into the “negotiations” and onto the battlefield and PICKED A FIGHT!
He was not a man of compromise because he had learned a powerful lesson. Peace cannot come through truces but only through victory! While the nobles were perfectly happy making truces with the enemy, Wallace determined that he would never accept a truce with the tyrant king, Longshanks – no matter how outmatched he was in battle!
One man’s courage caused those who loved compromise to fight like they were supposed to. One man with a heart for freedom raised the bar for everyone around him. Wallace’s heroism brought the fight back into the Scottish people. It gave them hope and a reason to live. It caused them to regain their dignity and honor.
Questions: What status quo do you have around you needing a hero to expose? Are you willing to be the one who picks a fight? Are you willing to lead the way?
This is the story of Christ. He came to this earth to free men. But to do so he had to pick a fight with men who loved the status quo, as well as the author of compromise, Satan. He then led the way to true freedom.