The View From 1776

Warriors for God

The Old Testament story of David and Goliath offers guidance to living a true Christian life.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/19 at 12:50 AM
  1. My brother and I joined the U.S. Marine Corps
    right out of high school and went away to World
    War II. Our mother, a True Believer, wrapped us
    in Psalm 91 and claimed God's promises over us.
    He went to the Paramarine/Raiders and the 5th
    MarDiv and I to the OSS and the 2nd MarDiv. We
    both went through combat and returned home safely
    after the war.

    In 1950, with the outbreak of the Korean War, we
    were both recalled to active duty with the 1st
    Marine Division. Our mother again wrapped us in
    Psalm 91, gave each of us a small New Testament,
    and again sent us off to war with the Lord's
    blessing.

    As a 12-year-old, I had accepted the Lord but had
    never been well disciplined or obedient. I wanted
    to play patty-cake in the sand piles of the world.
    At 25, when I went to Korea, I started reading the
    little New Testament my mother had given me.

    At the Inchon landing, and for the next two weeks
    of heavy combat as a rifle-squad leader, I read a
    few Bible verses every day. I loved my brother
    Marines who suffered and died alongside me. As the
    death and destruction grew more intense - and as I
    stood on the brink of eternity - I did not like
    what I saw.

    As my outfit, Fox Company [F-2-1], attacked up the
    streets of Seoul, I was hit with a machine-gun
    bullet. I made it behind a burning police sub-
    station in the middle of the street. My corpsman,
    Chico, dressed my wounds and as sniper bullets
    crashed into the street beside us, he laid on top
    of me - covering me with his own body - and yelled
    in my ear, "You've had enough!" Other riflemen
    nailed the snipers and as Chico left me to help
    other Marines lying wounded in the street, he was
    hit by two bullets that blew the shinbone out of
    his leg. I never saw Chico again.

    Several Marines threw a wooden door on the ground,
    rolled me on it and ran me down the street under
    heavy fire. It was a fearsome ride. I was placed on
    a DUKW, given a shot of morphine, and dreamed a
    beautiful restful sleep to Kimpo airfield and the
    flight to Japan.

    At Yokosuka Naval Hospital for three months, I
    proclaimed my loyalty to Chico, my corpsman. One
    night, the Lord came to me. I saw the blood running
    down His forehead, into His eyes, and down over His
    cheeks. I looked into His blood-filled eyes. He
    spread out His bloody hands and said, "I did this
    for you."

    I was willing to be loyal to Chico - but had not
    been willing to be loyal to the Lord.The Lord said,
    "Come and follow me. I will make you a man. Put
    away childish things." I knew what he meant.I said,
    "Yes Sir."

    With the Lord as the Lord of my life, I re-joined
    my outfit and went back into front-line combat for
    another five months before returning home.My
    brother came home with frostbitten feet and I came
    home with a tender rear-end. Our mother cried with
    joy unspeakable.We were both baptized and have been
    His loyal Marines ever since. Everyday we say, "Yes
    Sir," to the Lord Jesus - our CHAMPION and HERO.
    My Lord and my God.

    Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is the most
    important virtue because it makes all other virtues
    possible." As a senior in high school ready to join
    the Marine Corps, I thought his statement was good.
    The sequence sounded right.

    As a 26-year old veteran of front-line combat in
    two wars, I came to understand that Churchill was
    not accurate. Courage is not the prime virtue.It is
    faithfulness/loyalty/commitment that is the prime
    virtue. It is being faithful that makes all other
    virtues possible, including courage. The Corps has
    it right: semper fidelis. Always Faithful

    "Moreover, it is required of stewards that a man be
    found faithful." I Corinthians 4:2
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  03/19  at  09:07 AM
  2. I like the parts of the Old Testament where God tells his people to burn down the temples, shrines and altars of other people's religions.

    Those are great lessons to be learned along side the First Amendment!

    <big yucks>

    Good stuff for "the unwritten Christian Constitution" wouldn't ya say?
    Posted by James Veverka  on  03/19  at  11:44 PM
  3. I like all parts of The Bible; the Word of God.

    Since He is the only God, He is entitled to issue destruction orders in behalf of His own good name and the people who trust Him, for any make-believe gods who mislead others into errors and wasted lives.

    God is very patient with all of us. However, when He reads in the future (the alpha-omega of all causal chains) no repentance on the part of individuals, He may choose to allow them to be cut-off. Heads up!

    All other 'religions' are man-made and therefore inadequate to the claimed task. They lack a fellow-ship with the only Creator God. He will settle for nothing less. Me neither.

    Those who know Him, know Him. All others have only
    a hoped-for, paper-tiger third-rate mythology based on selective research in man-made religions.
    This life is only Prelude - in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 kjv

    "There are only two groups of people that know
    U.S. Marines:

    1. U.S. Marines

    and

    2. the enemy

    Everyone else has only a second-hand opinion."

    Semper Fidelis

    Jim Baxter
    Sgt.USMC
    WWII & Korean War

    + + +

    Sure sounds familiar...
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  03/20  at  05:50 PM
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