Those who enter the United States Military prepare to serve with disciplined exercises. They get training in first aid, survival skills, marksmanship, military customs, traditions, and history. Recruits are told to expect discipline, to keep a good attitude, to accept criticism without backtalk, and to always be on time. These disciplined exercises produce a military that is respected all over the world the goal of every follower of Christ is to represent God’s kingdom values. Biblical writers urge us to grow toward the moral likeness of God’s Son, to reflect a lifestyle in this world that befits a child of God. In Colossians CH. 3, the Apostle Paul writes this: “Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world/But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.” So if military people live disciplined lives to please their commanders, certainly followers of Christ should aim to please our Lord.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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