Lions – a symbol of power across all cultures.
Arrows – one of the oldest weapons and still powerful today.
Then there’s the symbolism.
1st Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
But he’s not the real lion.
Revelation 5:5 describes Christ as the ‘Lion of Judah’.
But that’s Christ. And its also late in the game. Too late. What is the application of a lion for us today?
David the giant killer was described as a lion and a brave fighter. (2 Samuel 17:10) This is a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22)
He was also in the Old Testament… where there’s blood, guts, gore and stuff we don’t talk about in Sunday School.
Let me bring you up to date: There are still blood, guts, gore and stuff we don’t talk about in Sunday School. Our world has not changed – because it is still under the same curse mentioned in Eden.
Yet, we as Christians are called to a different level. We are no longer bound to that curse. The curse is lifted. Not just for sin – but we too have the legacy of lions.
Unfortunately, we don’t know it.
And that’s where the World War II connection comes in.
When you pray or listen to God some people get dreams, some get images, some get Bible verses and others get little sentences. I get military history.
The patch with the lion on it is from the 106th Infantry: The Golden Lions. They fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. They were untested troops who were given faulty intelligence and told their deployment would be easy. The German forces were on the run and the land had been secured.
Unfortunately things were not as stable in the region of Ardennes as first thought. Most of the unit was captured by the German forces. They were sent to prisoner of war camps. Some of the members who had ‘Jewish sounding’ last names were sent to concentration camps as slaves.
As a result, after the Liberation of Europe was complete, most of the Golden Lions were shamed and hid, because they believed they weren’t really worthy. They believed they weren’t good enough – they hadn’t done their jobs right.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Are you seeing the parallels in your Christian walk? Feeling unprepared, powerless and held down by the enemy… captured, ashamed and never being able to measure up.
I’ve been there too. And thanks to some interesting life experiences I’ve discovered Christianity by the book, is very different that what churches are teaching. So, get ready for a wild ride – because this blog is a very different look at Christianity.
The middle patch is the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expedition Forces. It was given to the military members invading Europe to liberate it from the 3rd Reich. (The Nazis.) The background was originally black (to symbolize fighting against evil), but after the success of the invasion and conquering of the enemy – it was changed to dark blue.
As Christians – we’ve had our D-Day. The victory was won by the cross about 2,000 years ago. All we have to do is complete the task of invasion and liberation across the world.
I’m not talking in a military standpoint. I’m using military terms to discuss spiritual things. That has a long history in the Bible, from the prophets to Jesus’ parables and later on with the writer of Hebrews discussing, “Run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
When I think of arrows, the first passage that pops into my head used to be the one about the armor of God. “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)
Two thoughts on this: It sounds like the bad guys have the upper hand. This is what happens when you have limited knowledge.
There is something called ‘escalation of force’ – or a force continuum. Its an expression used in policing. Its a simple equation. Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. If the villain is armed – you’re going to have to be armed better.
Remember, the cross is a victory point. All Christians believe that, even at its very basic levels. (Clue: The cross is a whole lot more than a get out of hell free card.)
So – if there’s a big scary flaming arrow, – this isn’t duck and cover, and hope its over soon. This is the battle of the ages…
Because arrows are the next generation.
Psalm 127:4-5, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man who’s quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
We have lost a generation of young people because we have not told them the truth or equipped them to fight the battles they face. (Like the faulty intelligence received by the Golden Lions.)
The arrow patch is from 36th Infantry, also called the Lost Battalion. They invaded Italy and southern France to liberate it from the occupying forces of the 3rd Reich. At one point in the forest mountains of France, at the Battle of they were down to nine men.
They had to be rescued. And they were rescued by a Japanese American unit who had been persecuted by the country they were now defending.
Helping them were the French Resistance – a remnant of people loyal to the country they used to know, and still loving it, even though it looked like all hope was lost.
The ‘T’ on the arrow stands for the 36th Infantry’s background, as a Texas National Guard Unit. They were also called, ‘The Fighting Texans.’ Texas was an independent state before joining the United States in 1854. They were used to standing alone, fearlessly and fighting for each other against attacks from the native tribes and Mexico. Which is an attitude of defense and unit the church should be practicing… instead of fear.
And – I don’t have to tell you where else we’ve seen the ‘T’ before.
All Bible quotations are The New International Version – from Bible Gateway.