The Epic Story.

Zaldy Infante

Melbourne, Australia

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John Eldredge. The Way Of The Wild Heart.

When the war in Iraq broke out, two young men I know – in the same week, in entirely separate conversations – said to me, “I feel I ought to be there.” Neither is from a military background, neither is headed for the military. Yet there is something in the heart of a young man that says, “Give me a cause. I am supposed to fight.” He is made for battle, and he must be given a Christianity that includes a great battle. The battle to behave yourself – the Christianity of “just don’t do anything bad” – will not suffice, I assure you. Minding your manners needs no Warriors. The young man becoming a Warrior needs a bigger story.

I remember Larry Crabb saying the one thing that impressed him as a boy was that his father loved something and Someone more than he loved anything else, even his family. It was not a form of rejection, for the boy knew he was loved. It was a mystery and an invitation to discover what that Something was all about. I’ve explained what I believe to be the Epic God is calling us to in other places, so I won’t go into that here. Whatever their age, use the stories young men love to make the connection. The Lion King, The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars films, all borrow from the gospel. As do Braveheart, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven.

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