Hebrews 11:1-2 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

The USMC corridor displays their hall of fame.  As described in my previous post, this hallway contains a portrait of each commandant.  Yet, the one of Anthony Gale is different from the rest:

USMC Picture

Unlike every other portrait, Gale’s portrait doesn’t show his face, instead displaying an empty silhouette.  The Marine Corps maintains its integrity by acknowledging that he was once their Commandant, but denies him the honor of a proper portrait.  Though he was their 4th Commandant, he was not worthy of the office.  In this way, the Marine Corps omits him from its hall of fame while making his disservice a cautionary tale.  What a tragedy!

The Bible lists its hall of fame in Hebrews 11, but maybe there could have been other names on this esteemed list.  Maybe there were many other believers who God intended to include through their faithful service, but these individuals instead failed to live up to their calling.  Their story is a cautionary tale; what a tragedy!

Maybe in the hall of fame in heaven, there are many 21st Century Americans who God intends to be on that esteemed list.  What a tragedy it would be if we fail to live up to our calling and instead end up as a cautionary tale.  PLEASE PRAY FOR CHRISTIAN AMERCIANS TO RISE TO THE OCCASION THROUGH FAITHFULNESS.  The alternative would be tragic!

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