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June 27, 2013

MAY: Even the Lone Ranger has friends

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In recent columns, we have been spending some time looking at characteristics of heroes — focused particularly by a handful of this summer’s blockbuster movies. We noticed from “Iron Man” the importance of a vulnerable heart. In “Star Trek” we remembered the vital nature of loyalty. In “The Man of Steel,” we learned that sometimes things aren’t what they seem and the hero must be discerning. 

If there is a lesson to be learned from the story of “The Lone Ranger,” it is the incredible importance of our choice of friends.

Radio owner Trendle, in creating the Ranger, wanted a hero who could be a role model for the children who would listen. He developed a “Lone Ranger Creed” that every actor who lent their voice or image to the story had to endorse. The first line item in the creed stated that “to have a friend, a man must be one.” 

The lesson would serve adults as well.

In his book “Wild at Heart,” Christian author John Eldredge encourages men to support each other through strong friendships. Dee Brestin, in “The Friendships of Women,” describes the friendship between women as “intense, intimate, powerful, painful” and crucial to maintain stability in an increasingly impersonal world. C.S. Lewis wrote that “friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”

Choose your friends wisely — even if they tend to wear paint on their face and have an eagle stuck on their headdress. It’s important that at least one person knows what you look like behind the mask.

— Tom May is the Minister of Discipleship at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. He is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department at Indiana University Southeast.

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