On July 14, 1991, the day before I entered basic training, I took an oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
With this oath, I became a part of something much bigger than self and I gave up many of my personal freedoms, to protect the freedoms of this country. All these years later, I am still proud of my military service and I am glad I got to be a part of the United States Army.
Once the craziness of inprocessing our company (there was a lot of screaming and breaking of our personal will) subsided, then the real training began. The first part of learning how to be a good soldier centered around 3 general orders. These orders had to be memorized, recited upon demand and were our creed to live by. For those of you who have not served in the military, these orders probably hold little value, but for me and soldiers like me across this nation, these orders symbolize how we keep ourselves and our nation safe.
The US Army General Orders:
- 1st General Order - "I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved."
- 2nd General Order - "I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner."
- 3rd General Order - "I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions, to the commander of the relief."
Over the next three weeks, I will be breaking down a Biblical take on these general orders and my hope is we will leave this process with a creed to help us be on guard and serve on the ready.
During your personal Pit Time today, take some time to think about our 1st General order as followers of Jesus - And he said to him, Matthew 22:37-40 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
I look forward to giving you my personal thoughts and insights on this passage next week.