Monday, September 24, 2018

We Don't Leave Men Behind: Moving Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death

The year is 1965 and America is at war with North Vietnam. Commanding the 7th Air Cavalry is Lt. Col. Hal Moore. His military target: the la Drang Valley, called "The Valley of Death." It the first major engagement between U.S. forces and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and it would be one of the most violent battles in U.S. history.

I recently re-watched “We Were Soldiers” – a marvelous movie based on the true story of the three-day battle, directed by Randall Wallace, a famed film maker who’s also a Christian and starring Mel Gibson, Oscar winning actor and director. In this video clip, as the 7th Cav prepares to deploy, Col, Moore addresses the men is about to lead in battle and makes them a solemn promise. Check it out HERE

As Jesus’ earthly life and ministry was ending, he prayed to the Father for those who had been entrusted to him, “I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost…” They could have wandered but he cared for and protected them to the end.

We as Christ followers are charged with caring for one another and we are not to leave even one person behind. We will guard them, guide them, carry them, love them, pray for them and pursue them to the very end. No man will be left behind.

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2, NIV)