Christians and Others: There Is a Line
Today the Washington Post ran a story about a
fallen Army sergeant whose widow wants a Wican symbol engraved on a
state military memorial roll. The Wicca symbol, a five-pointed star
inscribed in a circle, has not been approved by the Department of
Veteran's Affairs. The reporter was apparently sympathetic with the
widow. Not a Corps Stories story.
going to write about Wicans?" a beloved yet incensed Marine Colonel asked
of me this year.
He was referring to my position that
CorpsStories, in its publishing of fine Marines and Corpsmen who serve God,
their country and community, honors those other than Christians.
I wish everyone were Christian. Then I
would know they understand the power of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and The
Holy Spirit. All would understand the forgiveness He endows. All would be
delivered from confusion about the afterlife. All would take adversity with
faith in knowing our earthly battles are opportunities to show what faith in
Him can conquer.
adversity is what led me to found Corps Stories.A Marine delivered me some
years ago. An agnostic Marine.
He challenged me: What good is your
Christian faith, Miss Meri, if you remain the emotional wreck that you are
now? Yes, you were raised in hell on earth. Yes, you don't know how to avert
disaster. Yes, you keep creating problems for yourself. Where is your faith
in all that? Is that the best your faith can deliver?
Pick a side, he said. Are the only
victories in your life going to be crawling from one grave you dug yourself,
to the next? Or are you going to face adversity with success? Are you going
to serve God? Are you going to sacrifice your time and your personal comfort
to help others? Are you going to enjoy that as a knock-down, drag-out
victory over the devil himself? If not, don't ask me for help.
That was the voice of my uncle, David
J. Eden. Marine fighter pilot. Assistant White House Counsel. Assistant
Vice-President of General Motors.
He was raised Catholic. Something
disillusioned him - what I'll never know. But he took the best of his
faith-filled upbringing, and joined the Corps. Those two conspired to make
him the most loyal friend any of his friends ever had. Those two made him
decide to help his friends when life knocked them to their knees, even if it
meant five or six digit investments. He was there for his loved ones. He
sacrificed his own luxuries to make sure he was there when he was needed.
in the end. As he faced death, David Eden called on Jesus. Jesus was there.
All was forgiven.
So I was inspired - before and after
Uncle Dave surrendered to the Lord, to serve God with my writing by helping
others know Marines. How brave they can be, in warfare, or on the home front
- making sure all around them are fed and clothed and on their way to
helping someone else. The extraordinary faith of a Marine, and their
sacrifice, still remains a mystery to me. Yet that is the nature of this
CorpsStories will not be writing about
interviews with Wicans, or atheists, even if they are Marines. In-Memoriams,
yes; interviews, no.
if a Marine demonstrates sacrificed faith, this writer is going to raise
them up. My Christianity brings me to that.
Ball, Editor in Chief, www.CorpsStories.com