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Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)
TITLE: Inevitable Orders from the High Command
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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“Shoot first, ask questions later.”
“Yours is not to wonder why, yours is, but to do or die.”
If you are a veteran these words will be all too familiar to you. You heard them from the first day of boot camp until the day you received those long awaited “Discharge Papers.”
One of the first things drilled into us as members of the military is the concept of “following orders, without question.” We as humans despise being told what to do, even if it means keeping us from having our heads blown off. Scripture calls us a, “peculiar people,” probably for more reasons than we care to admit.
As individuals we have the ability to decide what is best for us in any given situation, but as a military unit we need to unquestioningly follow orders from those in command over us. After all, they can see the whole picture while we can only see what is going on in our immediate surroundings. They have a reason for every command that comes out of their mouths because they know better than we do what the situation warrants. I could not imagine the chaos that would surround an army where each individual was to question every order that came forward from those in command of our forces.
Yes, oftentimes tragedy can result from poorly called commands in a battlefield, however as a whole I don’t believe that any other strategy can better be employed than our current system of command.
One of the things I try to plant firmly into my grandchildren’s minds is that if I shout stop…or don’t move, I have a reason for expecting them to obey without question. I am sure that any parent or grandparent reading this understands what I am speaking about. The children are playing out front when suddenly you see three teenagers racing their bikes down the sidewalk headed towards them. Their unquestioning obedience can mean the difference between a sudden fright and a serious injury.
We as adults are not immune to this “questioning attitude” or complacency expressed at some of the “Inevitable Orders from the High Command,” given to us in scripture. When asked, “What must I do to be saved”? Jesus answered, “Believe, and be baptized.” Was this a suggestion Jesus made to the man or a command?
I will avoid a “Theological Dissertation,” of the modes, methods, reasons, and results of “Christian Baptism,” that cut across the various denominational lines found in Christianity today. Suffice it to say, “have we been obedient to our Lord’s Command"? We don’t need to know the why, we simply need to “trust and obey.”
Our Commander-in-Chief sees the entire battle plan. He does not owe us an explanation, He does, however deserve our unwavering obedience to His commands. He is the one who “paid the price” for our salvation. If we claim Him as Savior and Lord we have died to self and belong to Him.
None of us can claim to understand exhaustively His command to “be Baptized,” although many will claim to possess this knowledge. All I am trying to get across to you dear reader is this: God said it, do it! Whether it be concerning Christian Baptism or any other of the multitude of commands we are given in the Holy Scripture.
Let us learn to obey our, “Orders from the High Command,” as The Bible reveals them to us. When the battle is over we shall not be a casualty of the conflict, but due to our obedience, we will still be standing on the firm foundation that is our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Hurry up, and wait,” is another term that will be familiar to all veterans. However, in the Christian life we are told to “look for His return.” He is coming soon friends “trust and obey,” and keep looking up.
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