My brief time in the military and in military organizations have taught me so much about being a man, a soldier, and a leader. More than that, it has taught me certain things about being a Christian as well. The Army has seven values; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Together, they make the acronym LDRSHIP. In training, we were taught to use them daily in our lives as we go serve our country. But in ways, aren’t we like soldiers?
Granted, most of us don’t actually serve in the military, but we do serve our God as Christians though, right? And we all fight some form of battle, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually. God has called the elect to step up and be apart of something different. We have, in some form or another, been called to duty.
The next several blogs written by me will go into further detail on each of the values that the military has taught me from a biblical point of view and how we should use them in our daily lives. Below are the short definitions that I had to learn in training (with a bit of tweaking to fit our Christian lives of course).
- Bear true faith and allegiance to the Word of God, the church, and to God.
- Fulfill your obligations.
- Treat people as they should be treated.
- Selfless Service
- Put the welfare of the Mission, the Church and others before your own.
- Live up to values that Christ has shown and taught us.
- Do what’s right, both legally and morally according to the scriptures, and spiritually according to the Spirit.
- Personal Courage
- Face fear, danger or adversity (physical, moral, and spiritual).
- Living up to and incorporating all of the values previously mentioned in your daily life.
I hope that my first blog series (and blogs in general) will help you have a better understanding of what it means to be a soldier of God.