“Noble” is a word seldom used in our society. I don’t know why, but I don’t hear it that often. I think it should be revived. There are many people who live up to the word’s definition. There are many men and women who are standing the line, while in great peril, while you read this. These men and women know the cost can be the highest that one can give. It can be everything they possess here on this planet. It can be the loss of loved ones from their arms, the loss of walking their little girl down the aisle to be joined in a blissful union and it can be the loss of the golden years sitting on the porch with the love of their life as they watch their grandchildren play. Warriors think of these things. They think of them while they strap a gun on their hip or throw their rifle’s sling over their head and go out into the danger. It is what drives us to do the things that we do. We do this so that we may hold our loved ones, walk our once little girls down the isle and sit in that future rocking chair. It is what secures our freedoms to do so.
Freedom is a thing that men and women will fight for, and it must be retained. Freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights given by God, Himself, and no man has the right to take it away. It is not man’s to take. There are things that are worse than bodily death, and these men and women know this. We know that without the actions of good people evil people would oppress the innocent, and we are not willing to allow that to occur. It is noble to stand against tyranny in defense of innocent human life, and any cost that is associated with this, while seemingly unbearable, is one that we must bear with pride. I am proud of the men and women who carry this burden. I am proud to be their supporter, and their brother in arms.
If you are reading this and you have lost a warrior, I want to encourage you to remember what this warrior believed, and why they were willing to do the job that they did. If they are gone from this earth now and were in Christ, they are not lost. They have been found. They have passed through the passageway of death into the newness of life that is in Jesus Christ. They have no more battles to fight, no more scars to bear in the earthy body and in their soul. They will no longer silently weep unnoticed from the pains that they carry. They have been taken out of the struggle that exists in a sin infested world into the glory of our Creator, and I believe they now see Him face to face. There is no more closing their eyes to speak to Him in prayer, but now their eyes are filled with the splendor that is Himself. Let us be thankful for their life that was dedicated to protecting what is good, right, true and noble. Let us stand with pride and admiration for this warrior who unwaveringly stood the line with their all.
We will, however, still mourn the loss of this warrior. We miss them. Some ask, “why wasn’t it me instead?” When something happens that saddens us we look for answers to the cause. We search for things to make sense. Why did this happen? I don’t pretend to have some great specific revelation from God to answer the deep questions that arise in the wake of these events, and I believe that is exactly what would need to happen for us to fully understand. In order for us to fully grasp everything we would need to know everything. I can’t speak for God in anything that He has not addressed in His written Word, but I know that God is good. I believe that Scripture teaches that the God of all the earth will do right. I believe that we will have our answers in due time, when we can ask our Father in Heaven. Maybe He was sparing this warrior from things to come, or maybe this warrior took it upon themselves to save the lives of their friends. As for now we only have the ability to guess on these things.
I think the most important thought here is to note in our minds that this happened, and understanding why is of little benefit for us in doing what now needs to be done. God is sovereign, and we are not. The important thing for us to now consider and act upon, is how can I be God’s hands and feet in this? How can I show the hurting that they are loved by our law enforcement and military families, and more importantly by God Himself.
I want to encourage us all to not search for answers to unanswerable questions, but to be answers to the people who are hurting. Let us all live as if there is no tomorrow, and be the light to those in dark places. Let us preach Christ to our brothers and sisters in arms, and let us be the love that He displayed to His fellow man.
Isaiah 40:1 – “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.”
God Bless you all,