Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Amazing Poem

The soldier stood faced God, which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other check? To my church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk is tough.
And sometimes I've been violent, because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got just too steep.
And I never pass a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't derserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around, except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand. "
There was a silence all around the throne, where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly for the judgement of his God.
Step forward now, you soldier, you've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell.

Remember, it is the Soldier, not the reporter who have given us the freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is drapped by the flag, who allows the protestors to burn the flag. So the next time you want to give thanks... give it to the men and women who give the ultimate sacrafice for their country and the ones who are still over there fighting for you!

51 Comments:

At 11:07 AM , Blogger Ranting Republican said...

That was beautiful.

 
At 11:27 AM , Blogger anana5 said...

very touching

 
At 11:42 AM , Blogger Tori said...

i totally got goosebumps when reading!

 
At 12:10 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

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At 12:11 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

The poem about the soldier standing before God got me thinking... Can an Iraqi insurgent who doesn't target civilians go to heaven when he dies?

TWO

 
At 12:49 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

An excellent post indeed. It certainly made me think about how much we owe these soliders to give TWO the right to speak his mind.

 
At 1:40 PM , Blogger Tori said...

I always do whatever I can to show my appreciation to our military.

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger sandy said...

The wachful one asks if an Iraqi insurgent(if he doesn't target innocent civilians) can go to heaven when he dies. Excellent question!

I would like to start a fund to send him over to Iraq so he can ask an Iraqi insurgent face to face.

 
At 1:51 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"I would like to start a fund to send him over to Iraq so he can ask an Iraqi insurgent face to face."

I didn't ask if Iraqi insurgents who don't target civilians believe they can go to heaven. I asked if you think Iraqi insurgents who don't target civilians can go to heaven.

TWO

 
At 2:05 PM , Blogger sandy said...

TWO, why are you asking Christian Conservatives a question like that.

The answer I would give( and I don't claim to be Christian or Conservative) is this. Christians believe an order to go the the heaven of their God, you have to accept Jesus as your Savior and ask forgiveness of your sins.

What are the odds of an Iraqi Muslim insurgent doing that?

 
At 2:21 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

Can an Iraqi insurgent who doesn't target civilians go to heaven when he dies?

What difference does it make if the insurgent targeted civilians or not?

Christ dies for all of our sins, Iraqi insurgents included. If the insurgent accepts that gift and accepts Christ as his savior before he dies, he will be saved.

The gift is freely given. There is nothing we can do to earn it, and there is nothing we can do revoke it. However, we are free to either accept it or deny it. The same applies to that Iragi insurgent (regardless of whether or not civilians were targeted).

 
At 2:25 PM , Blogger Tori said...

Even though I'm catholic I believe that people, not just christians can go to heaven. If you live your life well, repent your sins, help as many people as you can, that you will be let in that big puffy home in the sky.

 
At 2:26 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

I wonder if TWO feels the same way about the sacrifices our soldiers make for him?

 
At 2:28 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

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At 2:29 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"The answer I would give( and I don't claim to be Christian or Conservative) is this. Christians believe an order to go the the heaven of their God, you have to accept Jesus as your Savior and ask forgiveness of your sins."

I doubt that everyone here believes that those who don't worship Christ are going to hell.

But for the sake of argument...

Can a Christian soldier which fought for the Third Reich, but was unaware of the concentration camps, get in to heaven?

TWO

 
At 2:30 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

Thank you for answering my question, Stuffle. I was beginning to think no one would tackle it.

TWO

 
At 2:39 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"Christ dies for all of our sins, Iraqi insurgents included. If the insurgent accepts that gift and accepts Christ as his savior before he dies, he will be saved."

So, pedophile priests can get into heaven simply because they accept Christ as their savior? That doesn't seem right to me.

TWO

 
At 2:52 PM , Blogger pappy said...

unfortunately there is only one way your questions will be answered

 
At 2:55 PM , Blogger pappy said...

tori try this link http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/ItisPeke/VDay.html

 
At 3:12 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

So, pedophile priests can get into heaven simply because they accept Christ as their savior?

That gets a bit tricky, actually. A pedophile (priest or not) who accepts Christ, and truly repents for his sin, which means not only accepting it as a sin, but also asking for help to sin no more and truly attempting to resist that sin.

OTOH, a pedophile priest who accepts Christ but then continues on his merry way being a pedophile and not giving a rat's ass about the whole deal evidently neglected to read Romans (or James, for that matter). His faith is probably dead, but all of that is between him and the Lord.

He also neglected to read Timothy (I think), or he would know he will be held to a higher standard since he is a teacher of the faith.

 
At 3:25 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

Can a Christian soldier which fought for the Third Reich, but was unaware of the concentration camps, get in to heaven

Yes. In several parts of the bible, Jesus told the sinner that their sins were forgiven and that they should go and sin no more.

Even in the end, a criminal hanging on the cross dying with Jesus was forgiven for his sins.

So, the answer is always yes, if they accept Jesus as their savior and truly repent.

Only God can forgive a person as such, and only God knows what is truly in someone's heart. Thus, I am not in any position to sit here and go "he's going to heaven, she's going to hell, heaven, heaven, heaven, hell, hell, heaven..." However, for the question, "can XYZ get to heaven", the answer is always "the path is there if they accept it and repent of their sins..."

 
At 3:42 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

TWO,
You never seem to tackle MY questions. So, are you grateful to those soldiers fighting for you to be free to say what you want, or not?

Why is it you can dish it but never can take it?

 
At 3:57 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

A pedophile (priest or not) who accepts Christ, and truly repents for his sin, which means not only accepting it as a sin, but also asking for help to sin no more and truly attempting to resist that sin.

This rather long sentence fragment should end in "would be saved".

Sorry about that...

 
At 4:09 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"You never seem to tackle MY questions. So, are you grateful to those soldiers fighting for you to be free to say what you want, or not?"

Actually, I am grateful to soldiers not just for risking their lives, but for their service in general.

What gave you reason to believe I might not be grateful to soldiers?

TWO

 
At 4:11 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"Why is it you can dish it but never can take it?"

If you had answered my question, I might have been inclined to anwswer yours.

TWO

 
At 4:12 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

TWO,
What made you think the rest of us didn't think an Iraqi insurgent could go to heaven?

My question was out of pure curiosity.

 
At 4:14 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

Actually TWO,
I have read other questions addressed to you on this blog from others and it seems like you are more interested in asking questions than answering them. I realize this is Moore's tactic and you repeat it very well, but Moore has been questioned as well and avoided questions in the movie, Michael and Me, just as he admonishes others for doing. What a hypocrite.

 
At 4:46 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"What made you think the rest of us didn't think an Iraqi insurgent could go to heaven?"

If I thought I knew your position on every issue, I wouldn't ask questions in the first place.

TWO

 
At 4:48 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"I have read other questions addressed to you on this blog from others and it seems like you are more interested in asking questions than answering them."

If I missed any questions directed toward me personally, feel free to point them out.

TWO

 
At 4:55 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

TWO,
What do you do for a living?

If I see questions you don't answer in the future, I certainly will. However, I don't have the time right now to peruse every post. I am certain you can understand this.

 
At 6:09 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"What do you do for a living?"

Computer graphics.

"If I see questions you don't answer in the future, I certainly will. However, I don't have the time right now to peruse every post. I am certain you can understand this."

Well, OK, but for the record, I am refuting your charge that I duck questions.

TWO

 
At 12:05 AM , Blogger sandy said...

Following written by me in the third comment after TWO's question.

"The answer I would give( and I don't claim to be Christian or Conservative) is this. Christians believe an order to go the the heaven of their God, you have to accept Jesus as your Savior and ask forgiveness of your sins."

I thought it answered his question but I guess not.

Same answer given by stuffle:
Christ dies for all of our sins, Iraqi insurgents included. If the insurgent accepts that gift and accepts Christ as his savior before he dies, he will be saved.

TWO liked his answer. See.
Thank you for answering my question, Stuffle. I was beginning to think no one would tackle it.
TWO

Seems like TWO didn't answer my question about the odds of an Iraqi Muslim insurgent accepting Christ as his saviour. So eddie is right. He does not answer certain questions and just asks more questions like the one about pedophile priests.

I think he just likes to argue. Now TWO, don't take offence and post my link on your buddies at the Democratic Underground.

 
At 12:09 AM , Blogger sandy said...

Oh Sh--, I spelled "offense" wrong. Now I'm in for it.

 
At 8:56 AM , Blogger Eddie said...

Thank you, Sandy, for pointing out the obvious. He likes to argue using Michael Moore tactics. Asks questions, the wrong one's, but doesn't always like to answer them.

I wundrr if ahywun cullld helppp me spplle?

 
At 9:30 AM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

Again, I don't deny that I, like everyone else here, miss a few questions now and then, but until I see this supposedly gigantic list of questions I've ducked, I refute the charge that I generally avoid questions.

The answer to Sandy's question about the odds of an Iraqi insurgent being a Christian seemed so obvious to me that I thought the question was rhetorical. I mean... Does Sandy, or for that matter anyone else on planet Earth, really need me to state that the odds of an Iraqi insurgent being a Christian are remote at best?

And finally, Sandy, like everyone but Stuffle and Tori dodged my question, so I felt no inclination to answer hers.


TWO

 
At 9:54 AM , Blogger stuffle said...

hers

I believe Sandy is a dude...

 
At 10:02 AM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"I believe Sandy is a dude..."

Oops. Thanks.

Apologies to Sandyman.

TWO

 
At 10:14 AM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

Heads up... I have some commentary and a question in Tori's "Exterminate White People" post.

TWO

 
At 10:59 AM , Blogger Tori said...

good lord, I don't come on here for a few hours and its going crazy in here!

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger Eddie said...

Your blog is just irresistible, Tori. TWO, do you ever actually work during the day at your job? I freely admit, I put in long hours and that is why I feel the need to fluff off every now and then.

 
At 11:59 AM , Blogger Tori said...

I work an ugodly amount of hours so I too can take a minute here and there to post. I think TWO works with computers.

 
At 3:39 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

I set my own work hours. I tend to work at night, which is why I chose "The Night Owl" as my DU nickname.

TWO

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

I wish I worked at night. Working during the day kind of sucks. I once worked a job where I had some 2nd shift hours as a customer service rep. Those hours rocked!

 
At 5:43 PM , Blogger Tori said...

I work day and night!

THREE

 
At 11:02 PM , Blogger sandy said...

Two, just what made my question rhetorical? I think it is just as revelant as yours.

You just throw out a question and if you don't get the answer that suits your mindset then you ask another silly question.

SANDYDUDE ONE

 
At 12:31 AM , Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

The poem is beautiful and I believe "The Soldier" holds a special place in heaven.

We are all free to post our comments here because soldiers have put their lives on the line for our freedom to express ourselves, AND, for all of the other freedoms our Constitution guarantees. Freedom has never been easy or cheap.

God bless America and those who defend freedom. Without them, we are all lost...

 
At 6:46 AM , Blogger stuffle said...

You just throw out a question and if you don't get the answer that suits your mindset then you ask another silly question.

This may or may not be TWO's modus operandi, but if you are talking about the series of salvation related question, the progression of questions TWO asked were quite common.

I viewed those questions as genuine curiousity about what Christians actually believe. Thus, I was quite happy to answer them.

Besides, the conversation was about Christ. Having someone ask question after question about Christ is not a bad thing.

 
At 11:49 AM , Blogger sandy said...

Stuffle, I guess we will have to agree to dis-agree as to TWO's purpose for his questions. I see them as just a way to further his argumentive mode.

I don't have a problem with it either way.

 
At 9:40 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

I guess we will have to agree to dis-agree

I'm sorry, but I can't agree to that... ;)

 
At 5:00 PM , Blogger Tori said...

pappy, that was a great link, thanks!

 
At 9:51 AM , Blogger Eddie said...

Stuffle, while your intentions may be peaceful, it is a very common tactic among the left to engage in asking "loaded" questions to suit their side. Sure, there are many that have "honest" questions out of curiosity, but all too often, they are just asking questions worded in such a manner as to make them look right and the other side ridiculous.

However, the inherent wording in their questions is, often times, factually incorrect and faulty.

 

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