Tuesday, January 19, 2016


“One of the outstanding ironies of history is the utter disregard of ranks and titles in the final judgments men pass on each other. The final estimate of men shows that history cares not an iota for the rank or title a man has borne, or the office he has held, but only the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart.” -Samuel Logan Brengle

I am not wishing to pick a fight – not my intention.
I am not shaking my fist at “the establishment” either.
But…I do think Brengle was right – when it’s all said and done your rank, your position in life, your amazing accomplishments mean absolutely nothing.  It won’t matter if you were a General, a Major, a Colonel, a Captain, an Adherent (I am purposely putting this in a nonsensical order)…it will not matter at all.  You could have been a Divisional Commander, or just an A/V sound booth guy on Sunday Mornings – it all won’t matter.

Why Rank Doesn’t Matter:
What we do with these temporal things and titles, however, is what truly matters.

If we lord over others because someone has given us authority – then we are certainly unwise with these temporal things.

If we squander our time and our talents, we too are unwise with that temporal thing or gift.

If we are good stewards of what and where God has placed us, however, and we live for Him in and through all things – we are wisely using these temporal things.

What we do matters.
How we live matters.
Where God places us matter.

Our Attitudes, Pride, Humility, Love, Hate, Generosity or Greed – It all matters.

Dear Salvationist:
…. Dare I say some become Officers or Soldiers because of the assumed power it offers them.  It is simply a tool to misuse and abuse.  I am confident that this is not the majority of us, but be mindful of the snakes and vipers sometimes posing as Soldiers (even in our Army).  We still live in an imperfect world though now as Kingdom people we can bring hope to those seeking.
We all must be sober of thought and honest before God.

In other words “check yourself, before you wreck yourself (and others)”.

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.…” Psalm 24:3-5

Should there be ranks and order in our Army?  Of course…I’m not talking at all about anarchy…but what I am talking about is something deeply personal for all of us.  Are our heart and motives clean?  Are we living for God or are we living for ourselves?   Is there work still needing to be done in our lives?  Changes needing to be made in our attitudes and our hearts?  

This is an ongoing mission…with an ongoing need for personal holiness.
I am only scratching at an itch that begs to have the whole salve of the Holy Spirit upon it. Without Him we can do nothing.

When it’s all said and done, the heart of our mission and our purpose will be evaluated by the Most High.  This isn’t said to scare, but rather to provide a reality check.

So…how are you doing?

Something more for our Army world to ponder today.
To God be the glory.

Scott Strissel, Captain


Mary Ann Parks said...

Poor choice of image - there is NOTHING political in the original blogpost. Your use of such an image changes the perception of the author's intent. I daresay that is unethical.

Anonymous said...

Nothing political?

I'll assume you know little of the SA. Rank, power and status are nothing, if not political. Suggest you study military history and structure.

You'll learn a great deal of SA politics by reading General John Larsson's; 1929.

SA Sydney

Mary Ann Parks said...

I know plenty of the SA, thanks. I know that internal politics can be harsh and I know many (too many) negatively impacted by them. I was referring to "political" in the common sense, i.e. world leaders, etc.

Anonymous said...

I'm a regular reader of this website and see that the article needs to be revisited by the critic. Rank is very political, both in how it's obtained and wielded. Ask the author to explain it to you.

Do I sense a chip on your shoulder? Disgruntled former officer or salvationist not happy with all matter of things?


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