“Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.” – Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota.
The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Nearly 3,500 medals have been awarded throughout the years. It is interesting to note that one of the first mentions of this type of medal being awarded was in 1780 during the American Revolutionary War. It was awarded in conjunction to one of the most disloyal actions during the Revolutionary War – the actions of Benedict Arnold. In 1780 the Fidelity Medallion was awarded to three militiamen from New York for the capture of John André, a British officer and spy connected directly to General Benedict Arnold. The actions of those militiamen in capturing that spy saved the American fort at West Point from the British Army.
“Arguably, the test of loyalty is conduct rather than intensity of feeling, primarily a certain ‘stickingness’ or perseverance—the loyal person acts for or stays with or remains committed to the object of loyalty even when it is likely to be disadvantageous or costly to the loyal person to do so.” Noah Webster
There are 3 parts which I believe make up Biblical loyalty. All three of those are demonstrated by Jonathan and his armor bearer in 1 Samuel chapter 14.
Message preached on Wednesday night, April 8, 2015 by Pastor Campbell. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.