1. Interesting article on an interesting sounding anime. Thanks for sharing! I totally agree, that phrase can be so vapid (the “Jesus is my hero” phrase). And yeah, thinking of what he really did for us does put it into perspective better. To go on, I think it does the Gospel a disservice to stop at Jesus redeeming us. Because the best part of the message of the Gospel is not that he saved us from Hell, but that he saved us TO himself, to press us into himself, so that we would be unified with him, to obliterate our desires to sin and replace them with a desire for him (which is more pleasurable and intimate an experience than any other). Not saying I walk perfectly in that, but boy, my life is completely different because of the intimacy I’ve experienced through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (that “sense” of God’s presence–the emotional connection we have to God–I can’t walk morally for very long without it, but when I have that sense of God’s presence, I don’t even want to sin, and I believe that’s what Jesus is talking about when he says, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light.”). I think what makes the phrase “Jesus is my hero” so vapid at times is that when people say it, they tend to say it for political reasons, not because they’re actually so overflowing with love and affection for Christ that it just bubbles out of them. It feels canned-fake-because we see a lack of emotional connection to Christ in their lives, and a lack of fruit. We see it as proof of dishonesty. “Jesus is my hero (but not really).”

    Jesus definitely is my hero… most of the time. Here’s to living a life of joy and intimacy with him, where he’s our hero ALL the time. I’ve been going through an extended period of chronic anxiety (the “jump out of your skin” variety–and when that goes on for very long, you get so exhausted that you become depressed). It’s made me more aware than ever of my weakness and need for him. But it’s also proved time and again that the greatest comfort in the world, the greatest source of joy and happiness and excitement, and the source of what allows us to continue enjoying life, is intimacy with Christ. Without him, especially in this period I’m in, life freaking sucks. With him, I can enjoy eating, and seeing beautiful sights. He hasn’t taken emotional pain away. But he comforts me in my pain. That’s the Gospel. That he’s here with us. That we are in him.

    I know, probably a dramatic sounding, overly-long comment. But cheers to anyone else feeling in a dark place today. Let’s rest in him, and let him be our hero. Our comfort and protection. I know I need it. Thanks Audie!

    • audie says:

      Vapid, that’s probably a better world than the “trite” I used a few times.

      While politics of some sort or another may play a part in it, there are many reason people may make such a statement seem vapid–they think it makes them appear spiritual, they think Christians should feel and act and speak that way, it’s a part of their job.

      There are times when feelings may be helpful, but if my faith depends on my feelings, I for one am in real trouble. Yet Jesus is still my hero, and perhaps no more so than the times I don’t feel like it.

      That’s why the gospel is for Christians, too, and not just for the unbelievers. We Christians still need to hear about it, to be reminded of it. I know that, for myself, when I reach a Sunday and go to a church service, I’m tired, I’m worn down, I’ve been through a week of work and annoyances and problems, and I’m wrung out. It’s not that there is no place in a service for correction and reproof, I need that too, but I also need to know that being a Christian is about what Christ has done for me, and from there loving God and loving the people around me.

      • Right, our faith doesn’t depend on our emotions. It’s the other way around, our emotions are dependent on our faith. Our feelings (when we’re physically healthy) are a barometer of our dependence on Christ. If we lack feelings for Christ, we probably lack faith and haven’t spent time in prayer/worship (though many times our emotions are fickle, and there can be physical issues like mental illness that make emotions impossible to manage–my brother has bi-polar mood disorder, for example, and it’s tough to know where exactly to put that in Christianity, but we are body mind and spirit, and the body and mind can fall apart without any current sin being involved). I think we do well to remember the first and greatest commandment is a commandment to love, to feel emotion, for God. And the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Some of them ARE emotions. And Jesus said that any vine that does not bear fruit (fruit of the spirit, for example), will be cut off. So, in a way, though our faith doesn’t depend on our emotions, if we never have emotions for Christ, yet we’re reasonably physically (mentally) healthy, we might have no faith, and if we have no faith and no fruit, we’re cut off and thrown into the fire. We should be suspicious of any self-proclaimed Christian who doesn’t ever obviously love (feel affection/emotion) for Jesus. This is a complicated convo not suited for a comment section (and one I still have a lot of murky thoughts on), but though our emotions aren’t everything, Scripture certainly claims that they’re important, and that they’re impacted by our faith in Christ. “The righteous shall live by faith.” The good news of the gospel is a real, intimate, transformative relationship with God through the Holy Spirit now — which means we feel all the emotions you would normally feel in a healthy intimate relationship. Part of the gospel promise is to feel emotions toward God and from God. His comfort, his love, etc. It’s not transactional. It’s not substitutionary atonement only. It’s transformational. It’s relational, and the substitutionary atonement was for the purpose of winning our love and restoring intimacy. Probably going overboard but I just think that those elements (the relational and emotional promises) are part of what make Jesus… an actual hero. That he sets us free from the desire to sin, that he instills in us emotion for him, that he comforts us, etc. That’s what makes it so dang good, and he gives us all this just because we have faith in him and his promises. If we tell people, “Jesus saves,” but never explain to what he saves us to (himself–and all the promises he’s given us), it just sounds lame. Because without all of him, it certainly is lame.

  2. notleia says:

    It’s nice to know that this has more substance than a lot of shounen anime, but honestly I’m tired of shounen and I have no real interest in watching this. My pick for this season is Skullfaced Bookseller Honda-san (since I work in retail it’s VERY relatable for me). I heard recommendations for Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai and the sport/club animes Run With The Wind and Tsurune, which I have on my queue but haven’t gotten around to watching much of, because I’m in retail and it’s the holiday season and I am constantly exhausted on both a physical and existential level.

  3. TJ Marquis says:

    I absolutely love this show. Second only to One Punch Man, and certainly has better morals. I look forward to the day when I can watch it with my son!

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