II Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
The United States Air Force Weapons School is the Air Force equivalent of the Navy’s Top Gun. The graduates from this grueling six-month course are the tactical experts and warfighting leaders of the Combat Air Force. They are tasked with not just being superb at their warfighting craft, but are expected to replicate themselves by producing a squadron full of tactical experts. It is through this process that the United States Air Force maintains its decided edge over all others.
The Weapons School creates such warrior mentors and leaders by expecting them to embody three critical characteristics. These warfighting experts are expected to be Humble, Approachable, and Credible. The last of the three is likely the easiest for a graduate as they permanently wear a graduate patch on their left shoulder that indicates their ability to withstand the rigors of the school’s demanding syllabus. Yet, without the first two characteristics, these tactical experts would never be able to replicate themselves. While they would likely survive any engagement due to their individual prowess, their supporting force would crumble around them and the enemy would win the battle. Thus, they are reminded by their instructor cadre that humility and approachability are as important as credibility. Without all three, they could never produce a complete fighting force.
American Christians need to remember that the battle we are waging for the soul of our nation requires not just individual faithfulness, but collective faithfulness. Our own credible testimony is not enough, but we need to build up the skills of others around us by reproducing ourselves through humility and approachability. If our supporting force crumbles around us, then the enemy will win the battle. Instead, we need to replicate ourselves to produce a complete fighting force.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO BE HUMBLE, APPROACHABLE, AND CREDIBLE. It is the only way we can create a decided edge over a determined enemy.
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