Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Friday, March 14, 2003

To The Everlasting Glory

Young, Rodger W., Private, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division (the Ohio Buckeyes); born Tiffin, Ohio, 28 April 1918; died 31 July 1943, on the island of New Georgia, Solomons, South Pacific, while singlehandedly attacking and destroying an enemy machine-gun pillbox. His platoon had been pinned down by intense fire from this pillbox; Private Young was wounded in the first burst. He crawled toward the pillbox, was wounded a second time but continued to advance, firing his rifle as he did so. He closed on the pillbox, attacked and destroyed it with hand grenades, but in so doing he was wounded a third time and killed.
His bold and gallant action in the face of overwhelming odds enabled his teammates to escape without loss; he was awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor.

No, they've got no time for glory in the Infantry.
No, they've got no use for praises loudly sung,
But in every soldier's heart in all the Infantry
Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young.

Shines the name--Rodger Young!
Fought and died for the men he marched among.
To the everlasting glory of the Infantry
Lives the story of Private Rodger Young.


Caught in ambush lay a company of riflemen--
Just grenades against machine guns in the gloom--
Caught in ambush till this one of twenty riflemen
Volunteered, volunteered to meet his doom.


Volunteered, Rodger Young!
Fought and died for the men he marched among.
In the everlasting annals of the Infantry
Glows the last deed of Private Rodger Young.


It was he who drew the fire of the enemy
That a company of men might live to fight;
And before the deadly fire of the enemy
Stood the man, stood the man we hail tonight.


On the island of New Georgia in the Solomons,
Stands a simple wooden cross alone to tell
That beneath the silent coral of the Solomons,
Sleeps a man, sleeps a man remembered well.


Sleeps a man, Rodger Young,
Fought and died for the men he marched among.
In the everlasting spirit of the Infantry
Breathes the spirit of Private Rodger Young.


No, they've got no time for glory in the Infantry,
No, they've got no use for praises loudly sung,
But in every soldier's heart in all the Infantry
Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young.


Shines the name--Rodger Young!
Fought and died for the men he marched among.
To the everlasting glory of the Infantry
Lives the story of Private Rodger Young.


Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Tuck Everlasting movie review.

Girl meets boy. Boy is immortal. Boy and girl fall in love. Stuff happens. Boy invites girl to become immortal as well.

And that's the moral dilemma of the movie. Rene' and I both greatly enjoyed this movie. It has a certain turn of the century, 19th to 20th century turn, charm to it. The time is well evoked, and the characters are mostly likeable folks. The love story has that first love innocence to it which makes it all the more alluring, and the ending was just right.

The only thing that stuck in my craw was the immortal teenager. At a certain point, when the star-crossed couple are identifying their love for one another, the boy anounces that he is in fact 104 years old. He only looks 17. Aside from wondering whether it was a) because he smoked and drank all his life, or b) didn't smoke or drink, there is the age of the soul to contend with, and that made their affair somewhat creepy. He very well could have been the ultimate dirty old man by that time, looking 17 but with all the cleverness and worldly wisdom of a 104 year old. That he is involved in a seemingly innocent relationship with a 14 ish girl - well you have to suspend your disbelief a fair amount. But it is left innocent, and that brings a sigh of relief.

The biblical part of all this is the nephilim conspiracy of Genesis 6, where fallen angels attempt to destroy salvation by making man both immortal and sinful at the same time, thus making death and the completion of salvation impossible. The Tuck family, drinking from their spring (but the family cat didn't, and that's important) became immortal. Two of the family members declare this to be a bum deal and covet death; one seems neutral but guarded; while the fourth is the charmer.

The movie does not take a biblical approach, but rather a humanistic one, whereby the dilemma between immortality and the life well-lived remains. That's not bad, but I could make a nice gospel message out of the content, and see it as a fair opportunity to talk about the issue of spiritual death with teenagers.
I couldn't have said it better department: France's Diplomacy Costs American Lives.

Monday, March 10, 2003

Whew. A lot of folks remain on pins and needles about the war against Saddam. I'm not. We have the English Long Bow, the Maxim Gun. People don't realize it yet, but we do. Remember 12 years ago, when we trounced them? What was your personal computer like in 1991? Mine was pretty much driven by hamster power; I had floppy disks; VGA color; 10 megabytes of hard disk space... and vacuum tubes, I think. Now the lights in the neighborhood go dim as I power up. Ahh. And all that technology has been applied to the military. We're in the digital age.

Yet the war hasn't been invented where we can go without the loss of life. We may be able to minimize it even as the British did at Agincourt and Sudan, but good men will put their lives on the line, and some will give their lives in the cause of freedom.

But the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Engagement ranges are no longer measured in meters, but in hundreds of miles, and we will win. Not just convincingly, but by totally overpowering the enemy.

Yet I am on pins and needles, and tempted beyond what I thought I could bear (thank God for His grace) over the fate of the United Nations. The UN is an organization that was never that good in the first place, but now stands as the enemy to the security of the United States of America. It is truly my prayer that our president and national leadership have the resolve to rid our nation of its evil designs. And if that's what the delay in the war against Saddam is all about, then I'm glad we waited, even at great cost to our economy and some risk to our security.

The sovereignty of nations is a Christian issue; internationalism has long been the device of devil, clanking to enslave mankind.

Again, gird yourselves and pray for the Lord's intervention against every kind of international treachery. It's happening, and Satan's desperation is beginning to show, as always.

Courage and Faith.