I always get nostalgic around Veteran’s Day. Every year I seem to go through my old military stuff (uniforms, gear, awards, books, etc.). This year has been no different. My family and I watched Discovery Channel’s Surviving the Cut: Ranger School (Episode 1) two times this week. I completed Ranger School in the summer of 1994. It was a life-changing experience. I learned perseverance, endurance, and steadfastness. It grew my faith and dependence upon Jesus. It increased my witness as fellow Ranger students were often desperate for something (or Someone) to cling to.
One of the most amazing things about Rangers is their vigilant adherence to the Ranger Creed:
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
What if followers of Jesus lived with the intensity of Army Rangers? What if we took seriously the spiritual war? What if we realized the calling and potential we have as followers of Jesus? What if we took care of our brothers and sisters the way Rangers take care of each other? What if we believed in the mission of Jesus so much that we’d do whatever it took to fulfill His mission?
You know what would happen? Our lives, our families, our church, our local communities, and our global world would never be the same. And the gates of Hell would not be able to withstand the revolution of Jesus and the kingdom of God.
Fight the good fight my friends. Contend for the faith. Be steadfast and immovable by Jesus’ great power and grace.