Special Forces Association
Chapter XXIII - 23
Give Me Your Hand

I remember years ago when Ann Rynd (Atlas Shrugged, etc.) was all the rage on college campuses. I remember too a selection from her book The Virtues of Selfishness where she pointed out that while in combat if your buddy was hit and out in the open you would be foolish to leave your protected position to try to help or save him. That’s the virtue of selfishness – i.e. take care of #1 and forget anyone else. All of us have seen this philosophy played out in the dog eat dog of the corporate world or standing in line at a sporting event or a ski line.

How different this is from the guidelines given us in the Bible and especially in the life of Jesus Christ who “emptied himself and came as a SERVANT” to give His life for us so that we might have real life both now and for eternity.

I’m reminded of David’s ‘Mighty Men’, three of whom risked their lives in a night time infiltration through superior enemy lines to get a cup of water from the well at Bethlehem for their commander (King) David. I’m reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan (a people despised by the Jews because they were half-breeds) who took it upon himself to go out of his way to help someone in need who under normal circumstances wouldn’t give him the time of day. I’m reminded too of our Medal of Honor recipients who put their lives on the line for others with no thought of rewards. Most of all I’m reminded of Jesus Christ on the cross dying in our place rather than calling in legions (divisions) of angels to save himself.

We need each other. We need to care about each other. We need to get our focus off ourselves and to reach out to each other especially as age begins to take its toll on our too often abused bodies. We need to be willing to accept the help that is offered and as a Special Forces community we need to offer that help in whatever form it may come in – a phone call, a ride to the doctor, a note, help with finances, help with moving, a good book, or the prayers of caring buddies.

Our basic structure is the A-Team with emphasis on the word TEAM. Team members don’t leave wounded teammates out in the open. They take the risk and reach out to them even if it means exposing themselves to danger to attempt to bring them to safety. That’s what we were taught in training and that’s what the Bible teaches.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. You are my friends……”(John 15:13).

Chaplain Col. Vahan Sipantzi
26972 Lower Pleasant Ridge Rd.
Wilder, ID  83676
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