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More Contagious Than the Coronavirus

Monday, May 25, 2020

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“The fearful and fainthearted dishonor their God. Besides, what a bad example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic that spreads quickly among the Lord's flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad.” – C.H. Spurgeon

A few weeks back, I couldn’t sleep and so, instead of tossing and turning in bed (and disturbing Deanna), I got up and went into our living room. Flipping on the TV, I saw that the History Channel was showing a documentary about World War II.

I love history, and American history in particular. And since my dad fought in the U.S. Army during World War II, that subject has always fascinated me.

The documentary focused on the War in the Pacific, which was the theater in which my dad served for parts of three long years. Guam, New Guinea, Saipan, the Philippines. Staff Sergeant William A. Glading and the rest of his battalion knew those islands all too well.

What always amazes me when watching old war footage of the landings on these heavily fortified islands is the bravery it took to step off the landing crafts into the surging sea, and then to wade ashore amidst unrelenting enemy gunfire. The brave “Boys of Pointe Du Hoc” who faced down six huge German guns while climbing a 100-foot cliff on D-Day faced a similar challenge.

And yet, they followed their orders and did what was expected of them. Why? Because their buddies, their comrades-in-arms, were answering the same call to duty.

Yes indeed, courage is more contagious than the coronavirus. Unfortunately, so is cowardice. All it takes is for a few men to turn tail and run… and a full-blown retreat is sure to follow.

I am forever grateful for the brave Americans, like my dad, who defeated Nazi Germany and beat back Imperial Japan. I am even more thankful for the Christians – from the early Apostles to modern-day martyrs – who didn’t shrink from proclaiming the Gospel. Instead, they stood firm and steadfast, suffering persecution, torture, and death.

Like my dad, they are my heroes… and I owe them all a deep debt of gratitude.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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