Valor? (02.28.11-- Valor!--Hebrews 12:1-3)

May I ask you a question? Does the Bible or our Constitution speak more to our duties as believers and citizens to go beyond our own happiness to serve others?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.

You and I live in a culture obsessed with fairness. Political correctness and equity have taken precedence over common sense and, for that matter, the common good. Recently I was counseling a couple having marital problems. The usual arguments were aired: he said, she said and a whole laundry list of accusations and innuendos. While all of these were unpleasant, I think that the most alarming statement I heard was when the wife declared “I have a right to be happy; don’t I?”?I can’t tell you how shocked she was when I responded that neither the Bible nor the U.S. Constitution guaranteed that right. “In fact,” I continued, “both pretty much guarantee that you probably would experience a whole lot of unhappiness before life was over.” Her jaw dropped when I added, “Both the Bible and our Constitution speak more to our duties as believers and citizens to go beyond our own happiness to serve others. I think it’s called valor.”

Here's a story: President George W. Bush made this statement on July 16, 2001, as he presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to Army Captain Ed Freeman. “On November 14, 1965, an unarmed helicopter piloted by Captain Freeman flew into a dangerous combat zone. Even though the zone had been closed as a helicopter landing zone, Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire, time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to an under-siege battalion. Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing lifesaving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers, some of whom would not have survived, had he not acted.” On August 20, 2008, Captain Ed Freeman died at the age of 80. He will always be remembered for his “selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity [which] were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission” (Author Unknown).