By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell
There comes a time in a person’s life when they are forced to face a difficult decision about many things. Among them is who to marry, what college to attend or simply where to live. Then there are moments in life where your decision can literally be life and death. It is in each of these moments that our character and our person are molded. Very few understand the consequences of these decisions better than a United States Military Veteran.
As we prepare to celebrate this annual holiday known as Veterans Day, it behooves us as Americans to pause and contemplate the service of our nation’s military men and women. Often throughout the Christian scripture, the Apostle Paul refers to soldiers as examples after which to be modeled when we want to know best how to be followers of Jesus. He once wrote to his protégé Timothy that “no soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” In other words, the Roman soldier was called to a higher calling, his service to Rome, a calling higher than to the trivial things of the world. Paul uses this to inspire Timothy to be a ‘soldier’ for Christ in order to serve the higher cause of the Kingdom.
Today, we can use these words of encouragement to remember that it is the soldier who stands at the gates of the enemy, prepared to give all for a higher cause the sovereignty of the great American nation. We are without debate a nation polarized by political ideology and that division has at times caused a lack of faith in our future. However, one thing that most of us can agree on is that regardless of party, there is a small group, .04 percent to be exact, that stands ready at a moment’s notice to defend the people of this nation regardless of belief. And let us not forget the 7.3 percent of America that has served in days past,
Decisions come and go and many have no bearing on the greater good of a nation except the decision to serve one’s country above themselves. When others won’t, the veteran will. God Bless America.
(Editor’s Note: Ferrell is the 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain.)