It Can't Always Be Someone Else's Son

Everybody has been asking me lately why it is that I decided to join the United States Marine Corps. I told them that they would never understand, and it's true for alot of people. But, for the record, I'm going to let everyone know why it is that I joined, and encourage any of those that feel the same way as I do to enlist. First of all, I joined, because I love my country. I believe that the United States is the greatest place on Earth. In order to make it that way, there have been those before me that gave their lives up in sacrifice. People died so that we could enjoy all of the liberties that we currently enjoy. Too many people take these things for granted, and I hope one day they'll realize that "All gave some, but some gave All". I'm tired of everybody badmouthing the United States Armed Forces, and I am extremely disappointed in how it has become "cool" to do so. So, I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have always supported the military, and I will always support those that fight, or have fought before me. Second of all, we are in a religious war. Those that say we aren't are clearly trying to blanket the situation. There is a holy war going on between radical-Islam, and Christianity. Around the world, Christians are being beheaded, raped, murdered, and tortured all because they are not Muslim. As a Christian, I cannot let this go unpunished. For it is written. "Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him" (Isaiah 3:11). The Lord also said, "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them" (Ezekiel 25:17). As it is written, so shall it be done, for I am the Lord's servant. Gone are the days of trying to appeal to the masses. I believed that it was time for me to fight for what I believe in, and that's exactly what I intend to do. Lastly, I wanted to set an example for my siblings. I know that they look up to me, but I want to show them that there are things in life that are bigger than oneself. As a Marine, and also for being in the Armed Forces, I know that I will undergo a massive amount of persecution. There will always be more people that hate, rather than those that support. But, I will forever have my brothers in arms to stand beside, whether they be Marines, soldiers, seamen, airmen, or others in the Armed Forces. I've joined something that means more to me than any could ever comprehend. With that being said, I thank those that have gone before me, and I hope that I can continue the precedent that has been set forth. And on one last note, I wish all to remember to never take freedom for granted, because freedom is never free.

Throughout history only two people have ever been willing to die for you, one was Jesus Christ, the other was an American soldier. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom.