By Dr. Page Brooks, Chaplain for the Louisiana National Guard, Assistant Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Founding Co-Pastor of the Mosaic Church in New Orleans
Throughout the Bible we see where God sometimes leads individuals into the desert to teach them some powerful spiritual lessons. Whether it was the Israelites, John the Baptist, or Jesus Himself, the desert experience was always powerful in bringing to life spiritual truths.
I had my own experience in learning spiritual lessons in the desert, but this particular trip was because of my role as a military chaplain while I was deployed to Iraq in 2010. I serve as a chaplain with the Louisiana National Guard and deployed with the 1-141 Field Artillery out of New Orleans, Louisiana. We served in two locations of Iraq during the year. In the first part of our deployment we were stationed in Tallil, near the Kuwaiti border. Our soldiers performed convoy operations all over Iraq, starting from our base in Tallil. The second half of the deployment we were stationed in the International Zone, Baghdad. We provided security for areas of the International Zone and the US Embassy.
Though we went through loss of life and other difficult situations, I had wonderful deployment. I loved being with my soldiers and ministering to their needs. In the midst of the incredible ministry with the soldiers, God not only used me to touch their lives, but God used them to teach me a few lessons of my own that I would use when I returned to the States as I returned to my teaching ministry and church plant.
Yesterday should be known as a day that our country took a huge step down. In fact, it should be known as a day that our nation fell down into a deep pit. That deep pit’s name is socialism. Today should be declared a day of mourning for our country. May God have mercy on all of us, and especially on our children, who will have to deal with this far more than we will. I never thought I’d see the day that our country would do something like this. If you can’t tell, I’m very deeply concerned; more concerned than I’ve ever been. At the same time, I know that God is still on His throne. He is still God no matter what our government leaders do to hurt and destroy our country. And, I know that my Heavenly home is waiting on me, and on all true Believers. So, I’m not depressed, nor am I in despair. But, concerned? Yes.
We need to pray for our nation. We need to pray for God to watch over us. We need to ask God to give our national leaders some good sense and wisdom. And, we need to look to God for our strength. Also, in November, we need to remember who it was that tried to lead our country into socialism and bankruptcy. At the next Presidential election, we all need to remember who it was that caused our nation to take such a drastic step in the wrong direction. We need to remember who these people were who wanted our tax dollars to fund abortions. We need to remember the ones who wanted our country to make this big change in direction towards socialism, and higher taxes, and more government control over our lives. I will remember. Will you?
According to Baptist Press, “O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery in September.” To read the entire article click here.
All of us at SBC Today send our best to Dr. Hawkins and his family during this time. We ask all to pray for a speedy recovery and that God will continue to be glorified through His servant.