Unexpected Role Model

Sometimes, role models come in unexpected places. We tend to look at the bad rather than the good, but sometimes the people who seem like terrible people on the outside have the best hearts. If we dare to look a little deeper, we can see that a criminal, or an outlaw for that matter, can be a role model for us in today’s society. Robin is an outlaw who commits crimes, but if we look deeper into the person that he is, we find a few qualities that make him a role model.

Throughout Robin’s life, he is selfless and brave. He does not care if he dies in order to save someone else, and this shows the quality of bravery. This bravery attracts many people to join his band, and I believe that his selflessness rubs off on them. Though many times in this book he makes what most people would call mistakes, he is always ready to get back up and try again. Robin acts like a knight to the people in need. Instead of shining armor, of course, he is wearing Lincoln green. This kind of bravery is what our culture needs. We need someone in our culture who questions the government, instead of just accepting what is handed to them. Sometimes we see people who have the same trait of bravery in our culture: servants who are not afraid to go outside of their comfort zone in order to help someone. In addition, Christians are called to be brave. 1 Corinthians 16:13 tells us, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (English Standard Version).  This verse tells us how we are supposed to act, and it also describes how Robin acts. He is a picture of selfless bravery.

The quality that is the most admirable in Robin, and that relates to his selfless bravery, is his strong bond with his Merry Men. When one of his men is in trouble, he is willing to risk his life and everything he has to save them. When he finds out that Will Stutely has been taken, he says, “Now, if there be any here that care not to risk life and limb, let them bide within Sherwood shades, for I constrain no man to my will; but tomorrow I will bring Will Stutely back or I will die with him” (Pyle 46). This statement tells us much about Robin’s personality. He is willing to die along with his friend if it is not possible to save him. Robin is not afraid to die because his friends are worth so much to him. This is how we should treat our friends. Sadly, many people in our culture do not view friendships like this. People in our culture only care about having many friends and being popular. This is not how Robin, or the Bible, views friendship. In John 15:12-15, Jesus says:

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (New International Version).

The Lord tells us that there is no greater love than that of someone who lays down his life for his friends. We are supposed have a love for our friends like the Lord has for us. This is how Robin views his friends: with amazing love and loyalty.

Many qualities make up a role model, and sometimes we find these qualities in unexpected people. Robin Hood is one of these unexpected role models. It takes a great man to have such a selfless heart. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help someone in need. Moreover, he is willing to risk his life and everything that he owns to save his friends. These are qualities of a true role model, and these qualities are, in fact, found in an outlaw.

English Standard Version Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.

New International Version. Michigan: Zondervan, 1984. Print.

Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. New York: Dover, 1968. Print.