The movie Glory depicts the African American soldiers risking everything to fight for their country and gloriously charge up a hill to their deaths for freedom’s sake. Gladiators died for the glory of the empire and it’s Caesar. A police officer may die in the line of duty protecting a neighborhood or community. These are all forms of sacrificial death. They all bring honor to the fallen. But these are not like the death of Christ.
I was taught all my life to do my very best. Work hard, study, practice, get stronger. Those were very important lessons growing up and served me well in many ways. But, when it came to my relationship with God, I needed a renewing of my mind.