Time to Think
On my blog I have a tag line: writings to make you smile and think. Most of the time I try for a smile as that is the way I usually feel. This week, I am feeling more serious. In fact, I am having a difficult time writing my column because of the heaviness in my heart.
The heaviness is for America.
I just finished reading the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, a fellow Texan and Navy SEAL. I haven’t seen the movie but my US Marine son tells me it is inspiring. A good friend from church lent me his copy of the book. I read it overnight. The book is a powerful description of a battle. It is scary. Scary because of the danger. Scary because of the enemy. Scary because an American had to be the Lone Survivor. It is scary because it shows that the battle is not just in Afghanistan, but rather the battle is right here in our own country.
After I read the book, I was so disturbed I looked it up on the Internet. I found a link to another American – Chris Kyle – Navy SEAL. His story ends differently but is just as fantastic. Fantastic in that our troops are so brave and fierce it is difficult to believe. Fantastic in that we owe our troops so much and yet we often question their motives and actions. This is not the first time I have read about the bravery of the navy SEALS and other warriors who defend our country.
About a week ago I saw an interview with a couple who have written a book named Betrayed. The book is about the death of their son and 29 others who were killed in action. The interview was thought provoking to say the least, but the information on the website made me sit down and take a long cry. I agree with the parents. Why?
Here is where I get stuck. These are three very public accounts of our troops put into incredible danger. They are more than willing to undergo grueling training regimens and more than willing to go and fight for their country. Our country. But something is not right.
In Lone Survivor, Mr. Luttrell states several times that if he had to choose which side wanted to win the most, it would be the Taliban. That is scary. They will do whatever it takes to win their war. We – Americans – are hampered by rules that do not make sense in the heat of battle. We – Americans – want to protect all lives but our very own. We – Americans – are turning from the very source of power that made us great. That is disturbing on many levels to me.
When I read these stories, I realize that this is just the surface of scariness. Our great nation is clearly turning from God. The culture of selfishness and “in-your-face-ness” that is rampant in our country does not leave room for family or national loyalty much less the all-powerful God. In the greatest account of all, it clearly states that a nation without God will be destroyed. We should be disturbed.
I am thankful that Marcus Luttrell told his story and that Billy and Karen Vaughan are telling the story of their son and the other brave warriors who tragically lost their lives defending their country. Our Country. America. The country founded on the precepts of the Bible and the belief in God. We need to read these stories. We need to understand what it takes to live in a “free” country. The battle is not just in Afghanistan. The battle is also here, in America, in our hearts.
God Bless America.