June 12, 2020

Heroism

For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm give them victory; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, for you delighted in them.
—Psalm 44:3

We spend far too much time in this nation worshiping weapons and those who carry them. The Bible knows nothing of this. Especially in the psalms, we read over and over (and over) again that God's arm is our strength, God's light is our guide. To make heroes of those in the armed forces while ignoring other faithful persons fulfilling their calling is idolatry and indicative of our misplaced priorities. It is wrong to vilify those whose job demands that they carry weapons. But it is also wrong to place their calling on a higher plane than those who fulfill their calling without weaponry.

Especially during this pandemic, I have seen the heroism of healthcare workers, grocery store employees, those making deliveries, and many others who put their lives on the line so that my life can continue in comfort. I appreciate those who defend my freedom in the armed forces. But I also appreciate those who protect my way of life in other ways. In all these, I acknowledge God at work, and I hope that my appreciation of my fellow citizens will lead to glory for the God who created us all and put us in a community together.

Help me maintain my faith in you, Lord, and keep me from worshiping those who do their jobs—even those who act according to your will. I pray this in the Name of the Christ, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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