[November 14, 2018] The comradeship of soldiers on the battlefield is well known. Like the Band of Brothers of World War II fame, made famous by the book and movie, men in war band together for friendship, protection, security, and faith. Likewise, the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan brought people together from across the world and thrust them together to fight a common enemy.
One man, who I admire more than any other, U.S. Army Chaplain Bishop (yes, that is his last name) recently wrote on his Facebook page a poignant statement about his wishes for the future, admiration of his past, and hope for young peoples. Below are his comments (with minor editing and reprinted with his permission). It’s worth reading for his wisdom and grasp on what a real leader thinks.
[Chaplain Bishop, November 9, 2018 at 11:29am] 33 years in one uniform or another – I am grateful to God, my wife, my family, friends (both in and out of uniform) and the Church for going on this uniformed journey of Service to God and Country.
I’m grateful to have served with remarkable men and women; in good and bad places.
Let’s celebrate this great Republic and all who served.
I am concerned that only a small portion of today’s American youth know how special this Republic is. There is none better – that is affirmed by so many who are seeking to come here.
My prayer is we have two great Awakenings:
First a great revival with Americans turning back to God and The Word
Second a great awakening of patriotism where we stop demeaning those with who we disagree – forming mobs to attack people – instead of civil debate.
It is my firm conviction many have turned political party into their Religion – compete with motivation to convert others or make them submit by force to their political Religion. We are doing to each other what we repent of doing to native people when our ancestors first arrived.
I guess I have a third wish. Americans who think it is so bad here – and who cannot live among those they disagree – may they; a.) Find a sanctuary in the state system where they belong and are not threatened or b.) If that doesn’t work, may they follow their ancestors motivation to come to America – may they Metzpa and move to the place among the Global community where they are at peace in that political religion so they may enhance that nation where they feel they belong.
May we live in peace and allow others to do so as well.