(Posted July 27, 2015)
One News Network commentator, 22-year old Tomi Lahren planted such a flag when she gave a “patriotic rant” after ISIS inspired murders of five military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The video has gone viral – you can easily find it on the internet. While not seeking fame for herself, Tomi’s clarity and conviction have mobilized thousands who feel equally patriotic… and indignant. Her prompting to speak her conviction gave power and permanence to her deeply held values.
We have many Biblical examples of the same dynamic: God, of course, planted a flag of relationship and provision when He told Abraham, “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:4). Since that time, many others followed this example of verbalizing their commitment (emphasis added):
In Resilient Warriors, I write the following:
Today, let’s dive deeper into the conviction that undergirds calling. While it is important to have heartfelt conviction that is sometimes never expressed verbally, there is particular power in speaking one’s conviction to others. While we could approach this from many angles, let’s look deeper at Joshua’s expression of conviction “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord...” (Joshua 24:15b):
At this point, Joshua could not predict the response of Israel, but he could speak for himself and his family. He said and did what was right, not being swayed by popular opinion or political correctness. Then the tide turns; the people also commit, “… we will serve the Lord” (24:21). One man’s expression of conviction had influenced an entire nation to also choose the right path. One man’s steadfast resilience had become the model for many.
Just as Joshua fortified his and others’ sense of calling by making a public expression of commitment “As for me,” so it has been with Tomi Lahren and her “patriotic rant” which has inspired thousands. Now what about you and what about me? What “As for Me” declarations should we make to fortify our calling and to give us more conviction and resilience in future storms of life? When should we express righteous indignation that emboldens others to do the right thing? How and when should we plant our flag?
1 Dees, Robert F., Resilient Warriors, San Diego, CA: Creative Team Publishing, 2011.
Put on your thinking cap.
Respectfully in Christ,
LU Institute for Military Resilience
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