I want to learn how to break away from putting faith and trust in civic government.
I used to stand.
I used to swell with pride.
I used to feel a lump in my throat.
I remember chanting over and over those three letters that used to stir my soul.
But this used to translate into little more than playing with my G.I. Joe action figures and the good guys were always the Americans and the bad guys were always from some other country and the good guys always won.
And maybe that’s okay. Maybe that is just the imagination of a young child.
But my childhood imagination never really left. It just grew into this strange sort of “war as game” mentality where my country’s military were the good guy G.I. Joes and the others were the bad guys.
And everyone else was “other.”
The Gulf War happened when I was in high school. We would eat dinner in front of the TV and watch the televised attacks. It was like watching a movie.
Only, this was real. Right? I mean, maybe it wasn’t. It was all so far away. I didn’t know any of the participants. I could just finish dinner, leave the living room, go to my room, and act out scenarios with my action figures. (Yes, I still played with my G.I. Joes in high school; that’s a topic for another blog post.)
Recently, however, something has changed. War is all too real. And all too deadly. And all too unnecessary.
Now, I just don’t know. I am still grateful. I am still proud of the better parts of our heritage and history while wanting to acknowledge the darkness and evil parts, as well. Where we have done good we should celebrate. Where we have done evil we should rectify.
I am still grateful for those who have heard served and are serving in our armed forces, but military might no longer fills me with pride. Now, it just saddens me that people are being killed.
And I want it to stop.
So my imagination must change. I must no longer regard someone’s life as if it is a game. I must be a peace-maker. I must seek out others who are peace-makers, as well. I must remember there is no “other,” there are only children of God.
Psalm 46:8-11The Voice (VOICE)
8 Come, gaze, fix your eyes on what the Eternal can do.
Amazing, He has worked desolation here on this battlefield,earth.
9 God can stop wars anywhere in the world.
He can make scrap of all weapons: snap bows, shatter spears,
and burn shields.
10 “Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God.
I am honored among all the nations.
I am honored over all the earth.”
11 You know the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies, surrounds us and protects us;
the True God of Jacob is our shelter, close to His heart.