We always hear and read so much negativity at any duty station we get stationed at. It seems that people, whether they be spouses or soldiers, would rather talk about all the negative things surrounding the post and the town. It gets old and tiring hearing and seeing all the drama, the meanness, and the negative talk. I’ve learned over the years that where there are negative things, there are always positive things as well.
The military community that I live in is a very spiritually dark place. I have only met one Christian family out of thousands of families that are stationed here. It breaks my heart. People in this community don’t truly know who Jesus is and they so desperately need Him in their lives. But there are qualities that my military community have that we, as Christians can learn from and apply to our own lives.
In church, we are taught to support one another, to be treat our neighbors the way that we want to be treated, to be there for one another, and to help those that are in need. Oftentimes, we hardly ever see those words put into practice. We go to church, pay our tithes, worship the Lord, and then leave to go home without ever truly doing something for the community. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who do those things, but it isn’t as widespread throughout the churches as it should be.
When I moved to our duty station, I was disappointed by all the negativity and meanness there seems to be with the spouses, but there was a positive to combat that negative. I noticed that when people asked for help, whether it be for some milk to help finish cooking dinner or needing help moving furniture into a house, someone was always willing to step up and say that they would help.
Complete strangers united by a common purpose, helping one another without questions asked. That is the heart of military communities and should be the heart of the Christian community.
Even though many military communities are spiritually dark, there are good lessons to be learned and applied to our Christian walks. There are things we each see others doing within the community that we should be doing for the Lord and His work. We can learn some good things from the communities that we live in, if we would just take the time to look around and see the positives that are out there.
Lessons We Can Learn From Military Communities
- When someone asks for help, we should always be willing to help them because that is what Jesus did during His time on earth.
Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Matthew 5:42 says, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
- As Christians, we are to encourage and support our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We do these things through our actions towards one another, being kind, and being willing to just be there for someone to cry to, to talk to, or to pray with.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
1 Peter 4:9 says, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”
- We should treat our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in a way that we would want to be treated. We should love them the way that Christ loves us.
Mark 12:31 says, “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
Romans 15:2 says, “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”
- We should always be there for someone who is in need. It shouldn’t matter what the need is, we should just be willing be there for them. We should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and pray with the hurting.
Acts 20:35 says, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Matthew 25:35-40 says, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:” “Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?” “When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?” “Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
No matter where you are stationed at in the world today, there is a lesson to be learned within your community that can help draw you closer to God. Wherever we are, there are lost souls that need to hear the good news and it is up to us to teach it to them and to show them the good news through our actions towards them. Let your light shine and point people to Jesus.