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Where are the Faithful Men Among Us?

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Published on: December 24, 2014

One has to wonder if the Founding Forefathers ever got sick and tired of always being the ones constantly fighting for freedom. They were the leaders, the men who couldn’t and wouldn’t drop the ball just because others did not participate in the American Revolution. Our country was established by less than 3% of the population who tirelessly, sacrificially, and endlessly persevered to make sure that freedom was secured for not only their generation, but also for generations to come. 

I wonder if General George Washington ever got tired of always having to be at the forefront of every battle. I wonder if he pondered in his mind all those who sat and did nothing compared with his sacrifice, when he weighed in the balance all that the American Revolution had cost him and his men. He was such a great man that I daresay he did not, but even great men have their moments of doubt and the great looming question of “Why?”  

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I’ve found that not much has changed since then. There are those who bask in the pleasures of freedom, who do not lift a finger to see that is preserved.  And then there are those like the soldier, who is called upon in nearly every battle to sacrificially give time and time and time again to sacrifice all, so that even the “do-nothing’s” can have their freedom.  It’s a hard place to be.  It seems as though people are always looking out for themselves rather than the greater good of the whole.

Luke 6:31 says, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” However, a selfless man or woman is hard to come by.  The “I need to do what’s best for me” attitude reigns supreme, but what of selflessness and a love of others?

For example, I think of the men from Easy Company, who were soldiers in the 101st Airborne during World War II. I see that they were called on time after time throughout the war to fight the battles no one else could or would or wanted to. How were they able to do this and why were they always the ones called upon? First of all, they were able to answer the call because they went through the hardest and toughest training the army could offer. They experienced every hardship, went down to every low valley, and were baptized “under fire,” so to speak, and came out as true soldiers who would not yield in battle and never thought of letting someone else fight for them. Because of this, the army knew they could be relied upon to get the job done.

Keep in mind that although they experienced many hardships and sorrow, they were also the ones who reached the highest pinnacle as well (literally) by taking Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Why could they take Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest? Because they didn’t quit when they had to struggle and die to themselves through all the low valleys. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:38,

“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.”

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You see, these men were remarkable because they didn’t shy away from the cross or go the other direction and take the easy road (even when they wanted to) they dealt with whatever obstacle was laid in front of them and took care of it. They were highly trained and they loved their brothers in arms greater than themselves. John 15:13 says,

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

How often do you see that kind of love today? 

In fact, during one of the episodes in the documentary Band of Brothers, one soldier said that it was a feeling that you would not let your comrades or fellow soldiers down. That was true for them, even if it meant putting their own life on the line to see that their buddy was saved; such a genuine love you do not see (for the most part) today.

One of the soldiers even remarked that they wondered if the people back home knew the awful sacrifice that the boys who laid down their lives experienced while fighting during World War II.  How could they? They were not there. Why does it always seem that the “few” are called upon to fight the battles for the freedom of all?  Yet, the “few” do it out of a heart of love for God and country (I John 3:18), even though they are sure to experience much grief and sorrow as they bear their own cross and take on the burden others leave off.

The love of Jesus Christ is something that can never be matched. He sacrificed His all for you and me (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). He did not come down and say, “love” is all about “My needs,” “making Me happy,” and “giving Me fulfillment.” No, He said,

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

What an awesome God! What an amazing friend! What a loving and sacrificial Savior! I wish we would see more true love like this today from faithful men and women to God. The soldier in battle has a greater understanding of the love of God than the average “church goer” in America today! God’s love is one that bears the cross (when others won’t), does not shrink from duty (when others do), and looks out for others more than themselves. If more men and woman acted in this fashion, what a different place the world would be and could be!

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