The Virtues of A Good Soldier

While serving in Germany I was asked to be part of a parade in the country name Luxembourg.  Not knowing the real history of WWII at this time, I had no idea what it meant to march in our dress uniform in Luxembourg.  As we marched down the road in this foreign country I had no idea that the people of Luxembourg loved and respected the US Forces so highly.  I saw grown men crying and applauding us because of what our predecessors had done during WWII. Because of our predecessors heroic deeds, the people of this country created a place of rest for the fallen that just takes your breath away.  It was there that I saw the door that change my life forever regarding the price that we military people are prepared to pay.  I had made up my mind that I wanted to be remembered like this, rather than to die like a dog in the street only to become a number that was counted as another person that died during a particular year.  After seeing how the fallen were taken care of and honored for the supreme sacrifice that they made so that we might be free, I realize that this door spoke volumes to me for the future.  It was then that I began to look at ways of sharing The Virtues of a Good Soldier with others where ever I found myself. I never once forgot the impact that this door made on me from the very first time that I saw it.

Ref. from Handbook of cemeteries

The following is my take of the attributes of a good soldier.  Above the door is written: “Here is enshrined the memory of Valor and Sacrifice

When You must lay down your life, the question is this, what will others remember about you, will others reflect on your valor and you selfless sacrifices as they stand before your headstone with the two dates and the dash in between them.  What did you do during the dash?  Were you a person of valor or the opposite, a coward, afraid to love, afraid to give, afraid to forgive, afraid to take a stand for what is right, afraid to live completely for Christ, afraid of everything God has called you to be, and afraid to release the beautiful music that God has placed inside of you.

On the door is one panel for each virtue that symbolizes a different military virtue of a good soldier:

King’s Man – warrior, fighter, combatant

  • A brave warrior, a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor

1 Chronicles 28:9c

For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him.  But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever, so take this seriously.

Attributes of the King’s Men 1 Chron. 12:2 – 37

The why of being a King’s Man

  • Warfare (Gal. 5:19)
  • Example of the warfare (Job and the accuser) (Job 1:6 – 12)
  • For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments 2 Co 10:4
  • Are you dealing with any of these tenants of warfare?
    • sexual immorality,
    • Impurity
    • lustful pleasures
    • Idolatry
    • Sorcery
    • Hostility
    • Quarreling
    • Jealousy
    • outbursts of anger
    • selfish ambition
    • dissension, division
    • Envy
    • Drunkenness
    • wild parties
    • and other sins like these

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:19 – 21)

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Wrestle: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies (Ephesians 6:12)

What can God Do with Ordinary Men?

I know you are asking what does this have to do with Christians and how does one adapt these virtues if one is not a soldier? Well I am so glad that you asked that question. Have you forgotten these songs that we all have sung or heard in church,   Songs like:

Onward Christian Soldier,

Look at some of the lyrics of this song:

Onward Christian soldiers

Marching as to war

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before

Onward then, ye people

Join our happy throng

Blend with ours your voices

In our triumph song

Christ the royal master

Leads against the foe

Forward into battle

See His banners go

Crowns and Thrones may perish

Kingdoms rise and wane

But the cross of Jesus

Constant will remain

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And in the Black neighborhood we were singing, “We are Soldiers in the Army.”

Look at the lyrics of this old song that I remember from my childhood:

We are Soldiers,

In the army,

We have to fight,

Although we have to cry

We have to hold up the bloodstained banner

We have to hold it up

Until we Die!

My mother was a Soldier

Oh yes!

She had her hand on the Gospel Plow

Oh yes!

But one day she got old,

She couldn’t fight anymore,

She said I’ll stand here, and fight anyhow.

Woe oe oe oe!

We are Soldiers,

In the army,

We have to fight,

Although we have to cry

We have to hold up the bloodstained banner

We have to hold it up

Until we Die!

My Father was a Soldier,

Oh yes!

He had his hands on the Gospel Plow

But one day he got old,

He couldn,t fight anymore,

He said, I’ll stand here and fight anyhow.

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Each of the above songs mention marching in the army or holding the blood stain banner of Christ up. The fact is, we are in a war and some don’t even know that! Be aware that this battle will not end until we see the Lord Jesus crack the sky on his return trip to take us home with Him. With that said, I am calling you to attention, so fall in and come to attention and get ready to march for Christ!

The conclusion  of the matter is summed up simply by the actions taken by you who call yourselves King’s  Men. If you are truly followers of the King of Heaven then you will follow His leadership without question and you are poised for the final battle that must come on that fateful day of reconciliation where the King stands and shouts, It Is Finish!

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