Joker One and The Fourth of July

It’s the 4th of July in the US. Happy Independence Day to our American readers! (Please indulge us this holiday those still under the Crown).

I want to pass on a very interesting and moving story. Yesterday we had a special guest at our church named Donovan Campbell. Donovan is a disciple of Jesus and a Princeton University grad as well as a husband and father of three girls. He served in the Marines in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the middle of the last decade at the height of the conflict. He wrote a book about his platoon and their experiences called Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood.

It’s a book about duty, leadership and self-sacrifice. It is a window into what it means to be a solider in any army. It is inspiring. Whatever one’s views are about war, this book will reveal something of the imago dei in humanity as a band of brothers fight not against someone or something but for each other.

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    How come the 4th of July is always about war, soldiers, fighting? Don’t you have anything else to celebrate? I mean, is war the only reason the US is such a great country? Sure, there is a criticism in my comment, but this is also a real question…

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    How come the 4th of July is always about war, soldiers, fighting? Don’t you have anything else to celebrate? I mean, is war the only reason the US is such a great country? Sure, there is a criticism in my comment, but this is also a real question…

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  • Anonymous

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  • Waldo

    If you’re fighting FOR something that requires you to kill another human being made in God’s image, you are still killing. I don’t doubt the inspirational nature of the sacrifice made for men one has come to love through military service. (In fact, that’s why the military is organized on a platoon system; men won’t typically kill for love of country but they will kill to save their buddies.) But it hardly addresses the huge tension between subordinating Jesus’s command to love your enemy to the demands of the particular government under which you serve.

  • Waldo

    If you’re fighting FOR something that requires you to kill another human being made in God’s image, you are still killing. I don’t doubt the inspirational nature of the sacrifice made for men one has come to love through military service. (In fact, that’s why the military is organized on a platoon system; men won’t typically kill for love of country but they will kill to save their buddies.) But it hardly addresses the huge tension between subordinating Jesus’s command to love your enemy to the demands of the particular government under which you serve.


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