Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We Need More Heroes

A friend of mine just got out of the military this week after serving our country {i.e. you and me} for something over 11 years. When I asked him how long he’d been active duty, he rattled off the exact years, months, weeks, days and hours.

Do you think wearing the uniform was a big deal to him?

I think he’s a hero. But he probably doesn’t look at it that way. He feels he was just doing his job. Of course doing that job meant spending years in Iraq over multiple deployments during both a war and an “insurrection” which is just as deadly dangerous as a war.

Here’s the thing that blows me away, especially when I read all the junk the news media pumps out about Iraq day after day: One of the options he is seriously considering is going back over there as a civilian contractor for a while.

Now I know the money is pretty good. But quite frankly it would have to be pretty stinking outrageous to tempt most folks to go over there. Um, people have a tendency to blow up and stuff. I’m not sure how much money is worth the risk of getting blown up.

So I don’t think it is just the money that would get him back there if that’s what he decides. I think he truly is a hero. And that’s a good thing in my book.

We need more heroes. We need more folks to make the difficult choices, and be willing to actually sacrifice something to help make this world a better place.

Does that mean you have to fight a war? No, not necessarily. But it does mean that you have to stand for something worthwhile, good and supporting of your fellow man. And whenever you actually take a stand for something, it most likely will involve a fight.

Because there is an enemy out there that doesn’t want you or anyone else to stand for anything remotely good. Jesus said that enemy’s sole purpose was to “steal and kill and destroy.” Paul told believers to
Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.
There’s a real war going on all around us right now as you read this. All that hurt and heartache that you see around you and in the news is simply mass casualties from that war.

What this world needs is a whole bunch of heroes who are armored-up and standing firm against the enemy. We need more warriors who are willing to put it all on the line, pay whatever sacrifice is needed, to take a stand for truth and for justice for those who can’t fight for themselves.

There has been a fun Superhero Quiz going around lately. I’ve had a good time with it.

But my question is this: are we going to be content to just be pretend heroes? Or are we going to actually strap on the armor and get in the fight for real?

Oh, and Aaron – no matter which way you decide to go career-wise at this point, you are already a hero in my eyes.

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2 comments:

Big Ear Creations said...

It's such a difference between the US and Canada. And it's sad to me, because while (contrary to popular opinion) we hosers are patriotic... we're so passive. Our new Conservative government is beginning again to show some support for our military. And while I'm sooo torn on the issue of war, because I'm not sure what I would do if confronted with some of these situations, I support those who feel called to anything! We're a body and not all the same... And thankfully now Canada has a government that is starting to do the same.

Chris Cree said...

General Marshall said, "Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars."

The US currently has the strongest military in the world, and we don't loose many battles.

However I fear we may no longer have the spiritual power needed to actually win any more wars, unless something changes.

But heroism doesn't always require victory. It is more about standing and doing the right thing in the face of danger.