My Hero: John Bunyan—A True Christian!
Put Your Fingers In Your Ears
I love the character, Christian, in the book The Pilgrim’s Progress. This book was written by John Bunyan while he was unfairly imprisoned for twelve long years because of his religious beliefs. His book was published in 1678 and is just as relevant today as it was then.
When Christian made the commitment to follow Christ, leave his past sins behind him, and go to the Celestial City, all his family and friends tried to persuade him to go back on his commitment and stay with them.
Finally, Christian put his fingers in his ears, so he wouldn’t have to listen to the cynics anymore and ran away from them all. He then endured countless trials as a follower of Christ but eventually reached the Celestial City.
Dignity & Respect for Women
In Part II of the book, Christian’s wife, Cristiana, their four sons, and a female friend were all later regretful that they hadn’t gone with Christian to find the Celestial City. They finally got up the courage to embark on a journey of their own and faithfully followed in Christian’s footsteps until finally reaching the Celestial City.
I am impressed with the dignity and respect that Bunyan showed to women in his writings back in the 1600’s—a very enlightened view!
Legacy of Faith
I want to be like John Bunyan who had the courage to write this amazing book under the hardest of circumstances. I also want to be like Christian. I want to put my fingers in my ears and run away from all who would try to tempt me to forsake Christ. I want to leave a legacy of faith for my children and grandchildren to follow. I want to be a righteous, consistent character in a modern-day version of The Pilgrim’s Progress. I want to be a true Christian.