Warriors, by necessity, are mentally imbalanced, when viewed by non-warriors. To put one’s self in harm’s way for another is not natural, regardless of politics, and requires a degree of insanity to do so. From the warriors’ perspective, the rest of the world lacks balance because it fails to understand the unique role of the warrior and what he or she has sacrificed in order for others to feel and/or be safe, often without even knowing they were not safe.
The warriors’ tradition emphasizes that the warrior risks his life for his brothers in war, ignoring the fact that they did not join the military thinking about becoming a part of a band of brothers. The reasons for joining the military are as numerous as those who join. But at some point these recruits learn the insanity of the military, and it becomes normal for them to risk their lives for others, even when they call it watching each others’ backs. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect their families and friends, their nations, and to further the goals of their leaders, even when they may disagree with these same leaders.
The insanity of the warrior is not limited to those who fight wars. This same sort of insanity is found in those who give care in war or warlike situations. Putting one’s self at risk for warriors when one could be at home working in a safer environment requires a degree of insanity, when viewed by those who would never want the caregivers’ task and cannot understand what motivates caregivers to risk their lives for those who are even more insane – those who fight the wars or choose to live in war-zones. From the caregivers’ perspective, they cannot understand why everyone doesn’t want to rescue/save those who risk their lives on our behalf.
First responders are often seen as heroes when they put themselves at risk in order to assist or save people they don’t even know, or who may even be criminals. It requires a special kind of insanity to choose to gamble life in order to save a stranger, and every year first responders lose their lives to this special insanity as thousands are saved from their stupidity or from circumstances beyond their control.
The Bible says it is incredible when anyone risks their lives for family, friends, and nations.
John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
But, it is more incredible to be willing to die for someone you don’t even know or perhaps even hates you.
Luke 6: 27-31 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
Romans 5: 6-8 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Christian workers, who serve in the most difficult places on our planet, have the same outwardly perceived mental problems as a warrior, war-zone caregiver, or first responder. No one, outside their own colleagues, understands the lifestyle they have chosen. And it is not unusual for those who have chosen to serve in more safe environments to look at those who have chosen to serve in the most difficult places on our planet and exclaim, “They must be crazy!” This attitude is compounded when one considers that these crazy people take their families, including children of all ages, with them – something no other warrior is willing do.
I have been afflicted with this craziness for the better part of 30 years. To look at where the church is not, and be compelled to change that situation. I am driven by a passion that no one should die and no one should live without the opportunity to hear the love song of God as expressed in His Bible.
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When we were at our worst, Christ died for us. When we didn’t even know God existed, or even cared about us, Christ died for us. When we had nowhere to turn, and all hope had evaporated, Christ died for us.
It is into these places I go and declare, “The Kingdom of God is near.” The price of our sin has been paid. The strength of God is at hand to lift us from any circumstance. The massive gulf between God and man is filled in with the sacrifice of Jesus and we have free access to God.
Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
It takes an insane warrior to carry an insane message to people who are drowning in the insanity of life. I challenge you to come join the insanity of sacrificing one’s life to God so that others will find God love through Jesus for themselves.