U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, my hero, because you knew it when you signed up for it. Thank you.

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U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), one of four American soldiers killed in Niger, second from left in picture above, knew that he might be killed when he, the “Wheelie King”, signed up for the military in service of these United States.

To Democratic Congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, such an assertion must be false, as if anyone who would risk his life for his brothers and for his country by signing up for the military must be insanely stupid, as if no one would ever be so generous as to lay down his life for his friends. To Wilson, signing up for the military must simply mean another whatever job with no particular risk ever.

But to lay down one’s life for one’s friends by signing up for the military while knowing the risks – and he surely did – is not stupid; it is generous. But to say it is stupid to that soldiers’ loved ones is to attempt to skew their understanding of the heroic nature of signing up for the military in the first place is it not? This would be a viciously insensitive manipulation on the part of the Congresswoman for private political gain. In my opinion, this is a disservice to his loved ones. Horrific, really. It betrays, it seems to me, a spirit of disrespect for America and for Americans by the Congresswoman. What a shame.

I sincerely hope that his family is able to step back from this controversy in times to come and see the heroic nature of his signing up to the military in the first place.

As a priest, if I were to have the great privilege of being a martyr for Jesus, laying down my life for my friends with the love and truth and goodness and kindness of Jesus, witnessing to His love and truth and goodness and kindness to the end, however politically incorrect in a fallen society, I would love it if Jesus were to present me to our dear Heavenly Father saying of me that I knew what I signed up for. Indeed, I signed up for the love and truth and goodness and kindness of Jesus, and that, my friends, is politically incorrect, enough so that Jesus Himself said, “As the Master, so the disciple.”

Just to say it, when Jesus was obedient to His Father, He also knew what He signed up for, and I thank Him for his generosity. And just to say it, Mary, Jesus’ Mother, knew what she signed up for as well, and I thank her for her generosity as well:

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If Trump didn’t say the words about him knowing what he signed up for, he should have, as it speaks to the ultimate generosity.

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3 responses to “U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, my hero, because you knew it when you signed up for it. Thank you.

  1. Nancyv

    We’ve forgotten the meaning of sacrifice. Jesus on the cross, we must never forget.
    Darn good writing here Father. God rest their souls.

  2. Nancyv

    We’ve forgotten the meaning of sacrifice. Jesus on the cross, we must never forget.
    Darn good writing here Father. God rest their souls.

  3. Thank you so much, Father, for your insightful comments. Two of my extended family members, an uncle & a cousin, died in service to our nation. My uncle was killed in WWII; my cousin was killed Vietnam. Yes, I’m 100% sure that they knew what they signed up for because both enlisted & were so proud of what they were doing. The letters I’ve seen from them to family members showed the love & comradeship they had for their brothers in uniform. People who’ve never served their nation, their Church, their family–being willing to lay down their lives if necessary–can never understand selfless love! God be with you!

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