Author: Gary McCaleb - ADF Senior Counsel

Psalm 107:23-30

Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters; they have seen the works of the LORD, and His wonders in the deep.

Not a likely verse for a desert-dwelling attorney to favor.  But for five years, thirty years ago, those words reported my reality. For then, a ship was my home:  I stood the long watches of the cold war aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer.

For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.

Foul weather brought stress and stole sleep as the ship pitched, yawed, rolled, and heaved.  Even wedged in your bunk, you constantly fought to stay in one place.  After a week, weariness supplanted wakefulness; fatigue was your constant companion.

They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; their soul melted away in their misery.  They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, and were at their wits’ end.

Alas, this is not mere hyperbole; in heavy seas the ship would oscillate vertically through 40 or 50 feet or more; one reeled and staggered in counterpoint to the ship reeling and staggering.  Wits’ end, indeed.

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distresses.

I often thought that the calming of the storm seemed a greater exhibition of power than creating the storm.  Chaos is easily produced; peace is produced not so easily.

He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, so He guided them to their desired haven.

Happily, we always made it to our haven—a safe port, calmer seas; and after many months at sea and abroad, we would find the ultimate haven—the moment would come when a glimpse of green horizon promised our longed-for landfall in a special land—our land, America, our home.

Today, though, that homeland is in the midst of a bitter moral storm that threatens the military I once served.  The waves are stirred at the behest of the radical left, which demands that homosexual and bisexual behavior be normalized and affirmed in our military.

Intentionally injecting such confused sexuality into the military is foolishness.  But with the Commander-in-Chief and even career-conscious top brass pushing the left’s agenda, few are willing to speak truth to power.

Yet a few—actually, quite a few, are speaking:  66 veteran military chaplains, collectively representing 1700 years of service, spoke out very clearly, and America is paying attention to their message.

Take a few minutes to read their message and view their videos, so you get to know the integrity and honor of these men.  Then you, too, should speak up:  let the Commander-in-Chief know that buying into the homosexual agenda will sell the military down the river—and into a sea that has no safe haven.


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