Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I recently spent a weekend with 100 other men gathered together under the theme, "Soldiers of the Cross." It was shared with us that we are at war -- a war against the devil. The devil is our enemy, and he is on the lookout for those whom he can separate from God. When the devil captures someone, they face an eternity without God. We were given instruction on how we can fight against the devil with our words, our actions, and our lives.

We gathered around the Holy Scripture for encouragement and instruction. We gathered around prayer for wisdom and comfort. We gathered around fellowship for bonding and sharing. We gathered around the table for strength and laughter. We gathered around the piano for singing battle songs of victory and hearty camaraderie.

As I left these guys to go back home, I reflected on the experience and the theme for the weekend. Specifically, I pictured myself as a soldier. I was not drafted nor did I enlist. I have known many soldiers and have a great respect for their commitment and service pledge as summed up in the soldier's oath:

"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

A soldier promises to support, defend, and obey.

Can I do any less than support the Scriptures, defend the faith, and obey my God?


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Rich Cohrs said...

Broom Ball is played with sticks shaped like brooms with the bristles cut of. The goal of the game is to hit a rubber ball into the opponent's net by striking the ball with the stick (broom). All of this is played on ice. Guys wear shoes, boots, etc. thus the "sport" involves lots of falling down on the ice and bruised shins.