Honor to whom honor is due

Let me break the string of bad news posts I have had going here for a while with another story. While it still involves something negative (a death in Afghanistan), it seems a fitting example of following Paul’s admonition to “Render therefore to all their due… honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7).

Lt. Michael Murphy posthumously received the Medal of Honor today for heroism on the battlefield. I think his story is worth reading — you can catch it here on CNN.com, though I’m sure it’s all over the place. There, they quote his father as saying that Lt. Murphy was “honest, kind, caring — probably the antithesis of what you would call a warrior.” With all due respect to the parents of this fine soldier, I would say, instead, that it sounds as though he was exactly what a warrior should be.

I like what is said of him in a Fox News article, as well:

“To his fellow SEALs, he was known as ‘Murph,’ but as a child, his parents nicknamed him ‘The Protector,’ because of his strong moral compass.”

Each article — CNN’s and Fox’s — has details I’m glad I read and would hate to have missed, so I’m glad I read them both.

It sounds as though Mr. & Mrs. Murphy raised an honorable young man. I’m thankful to know that “The Protector’s” feet will one day touch the earth again, in a world that does not know the sort of violence that took his life — because the true Protector, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, will be ruling from Jerusalem.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11:6-9

3 thoughts on “Honor to whom honor is due

  1. Wade

    Its stories and tributes like those about Mr. Murphy that should make us all at times think about “what will others say about me when I’m gone?” What a fine young man, and worthy of remembrance.

  2. Craig

    Yes, thanks for this. SEALs are probably the most trained and able warriors in history—solders with real character! It is always a tragic loss of talent and ability when one dies in combat. We can thank God the time is coming when “…neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isa. 2:4).

  3. The FOXNews article noted:

    > “There’s a lot of awards in the military, but when you see a Medal of Honor, you know whatever they went through is pretty horrible. You don’t congratulate anyone when you see it,” said Marcus Luttrell, the lone member of Murphy’s team to survive the firefight with the Taliban.

    I still have to respect Murph and the other outnumbered SEALs. Despite there being the worst one-day U.S. death toll in that conflict to date, including the destruction of a support helicopter, they still managed to make many more Taliban “die for their country” than vice versa. Go Manasseh (Genesis 49:22-26)! And so much the better when a man of moral strength makes that possible.

    But how much better it will be when Jesus Christ and the saints rule. “We do the fighting so you don’t have to” (Psalms 2:7-9; 149:5-9; Revelation 2:26-27). 🙂

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