Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Behind Every Elite Warrior…

…You Will Find a Creed That Defines and Drives Him.

The focus and security of a true warrior is not in his many deeds, but in the authority of his creed which motivates him to perform. A warrior and his creed are inseperable. One does not live without the other.

Do you not believe me? Take a look at these examples:

The Soldier has The Soldier's Creed
The Ranger has The Ranger Creed
The Army NCO has The NCO Creed
The Navy SEAL has The SEAL Creed
The Air Force Pararescueman has The Pararescue Creed
The Marine has the The Rifleman’s Creed


No one would ever deny that these great men have deeds. No one would ever say that a heroic Ranger values his creed at the expense of his deeds. They are one and the same. No one would ever say that these creeds do little more than obscure the rest of military doctrine for those who profess them. These creeds only serve to explain and enhance all military doctrine at once. These creeds are the very essence of military truth. A warrior is nothing without his creed. Ask a class of Basic graduates, "Who are you?" and they will shout as one, "I am an American Soldier! I am a warrior and a member of a team! I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values....."

When the situation becomes impossible, these heroes do not turn to their deeds for support. They recall the creed that has become a part of them. That creed pours out from their very soul. The solid truth of their creed drives them to perform legendary and unparalleled deeds at all times and under all conditions. When certain death and defeat approaches, warriors turn to their creeds.

The creed drives Rangers to risk everything to bring everyone home; even the dead. The creed drives Pararescuemen to insert themselves into hopeless situations to rescue their brothers. The creeds drive all warriors to uphold justice and truth in the face of moral adversity. Creeds drive warriors to do the right thing even when they are unsupervised. The creeds drive great men to lay down their lives, their futures, and their reputations without hesitation. In the face of torture, it is the POW Code of Conduct that strengthens the prisoner’s resolve and allows him to persevere.

The creed is the firm foundation and primary motivation. It is taught first, memorized quickly, shouted often, and quoted regularly. Everything taught after that is built on the creed.

Show me a warrior who values his creed and carries it as his most important possession and I will show you a warrior of unique quality and motivation. Show me the faith in his beloved creed and I will show you that his deeds spring forth from that creed. They are never separated. You never find one without the other.

As Christians we are soldiers who have creeds as well. They are the very essence of who we are as heirs of the Heavenly Kingdom. They do not obscure doctrine, but amplify it. In times of trouble, persecution, and heresy... Christians turn to their creeds.

Show me a Christian who values his creed and carries it as his most important possession and I will show you a Christian of unique quality and motivation. Show me the faith in his beloved creed and I will show you that his deeds spring forth from that creed. They are never separated. You never find one without the other.

2 comments:

Another Kerner said...

Semper Fidelis.

How blessed this nation has been, and still is, to be served by such dedicated men and women.

They live the "ministry of the sword" with joy and dedication so that a nation of free people may reside in peace because they stand the watch.
Who but an idealist who loves his God, Country and Corps more than his own life could endure such hardship and exhibit such devotion.

May each of them keep always the heart of a warrior.

May Christ, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and our Smitten Rock, ever keep them sweetly in the shadow of His mighty wing.

"Blessed be the Lord my strength which teachth my hands to war and my fingers to fight"....

144:1
Psalm

Mike Baker said...

Yes, Thank you Kerner.

This nation is truly blessed by those who voluntarily take up the vocation of arms in her defense. She is blessed to be served by such dedicated men and women.

And how blessed the church is when it is served by dedicated men and women! May the Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and dedication to the ancient creeds of the Christian soldier. May we always return to faith and fidelity when we face trials or doubt... on both physical and spiritual battlefields.