A Promise to Fight

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12

A Promise to Fight

I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So, help me God.”

The United States Army Oath of Enlistment – [An act of 13 May 1884]

Upon reading this moving military oath, one can’t help but notice that it begins with a colossal promise to fracas to “support and defend…against all enemies…” [to fight]; and that it ends with a promise to, “faithfully discharge the duties of the office” [commit to do the work]. So, help me God.” The promise begins with the perspective required for passionate and skillful aggression when one encounters a battle; and it ends with the imperative of faithfulness and endurance to fight to the end. 

Without question, we are called out by the LORD to get into the good fight of faith. Fight, to take on an eternal perspective of faith, hope, and love. Fight, to embrace and value our covenantal relationship of grace with God. Indeed, we are abundantly empowered to prayerfully resonate with the gifts of holiness that embody the redemptive fuel of our passion to faithfully serve—day in and day out.

The call is to engage and to endure the fight to the finish. So, help us God.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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