2018-09-21 / Chaplain's News

When the going gets tough, do you get going?

Chaplain (Maj.) Timothy G. Stiers
Cyber Protection Brigade

We see the best and worst of humanity during times of tragedy. What is inside a person will shine. This is the human condition.

A terrible storm moves through an area. Then volunteers arrive with supplies and chainsaws. They spring into action.

The images of loss touch the hearts and purse strings of the viewer. These people will go out of their way to send support.

Unfortunately, the dark side of humanity also appears on the scene of such a crisis. People will arrive to “help out” later only to discover the only ones being helped are themselves.

They seize the crisis opportunity to offer to help, then expect significant payment for their efforts.

This behavior might be seen as someone negotiates an unusual fee to remove trees or repair a roof.

The quality of the work might be substandard or the contractor might ask payment before the completion of the job.

Soldiers learn the Army Values very early in their military training.

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage (The Army Values) tie directly to their understanding of their personal worth and the worth of those around them.

Soldiers are reminded of this worth in many memorized codes. They repeat “I will never leave a fallen comrade”

(Warrior Ethos and the Soldier’s Creed).

The Bible teaches promptly in its text this basis for honorable service.

“ So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them,” (Genesis 1:27 NLT).

We have value because we are made in the image of God.

Honorable service doesn’t take a lot of energy to decide what we should do in time of crisis. It is what we do in those times.

Honorable service is demonstrated daily in our communities. We treat others in the same way we would want others to treat us.

Does that sound familiar? It is right from the Army Doctrine Reference Publication 1, The Army Profession, “Treat others as one would want to be treated; or, do not treat others as one would not like to be treated” (B-22. ADRP 1. JUN 2015).

Most will recognize this rule as the “Golden Rule,” taught by most teachers, parents, and grandparents in our country.

This rule predates our generation and Army doctrine.

The Bible teaches, “ Do to others as you would like them to do to you” (Luke 6:31, NLT).

Since most readers would agree human life is valuable and we need to treat others in the way we would want others to treat us, the decision about how we will respond to crisis is simple.

Whether you are a member of the military service or a civilian, when the going gets tough, will you get going?

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