Someplace in Iraq, in harms way, Colin Anderson stands guard. A graduate of Torrey, Anderson decided his duty was to serve his country.He is far from home tonight. How can I think him? How can my words reach him in the place where he is at?I remember him in class always willing to defend his country. He helped many students to consider ideas not often heard in the modern academy. Of course in a traditional program like Torrey no one sneers at God and country. Hard questions get asked, but patriotism is respected.Sadly, this is not always a popular position in the “Christianity Today” (CT)subculture of nuanced Christians. Christian college professors are often “beyond” love of nation and loath positive discussions of our homeland. They act as if the merest whisper of God and country comes from Constantine himself.The notion of patriotism frightens CT Christians. So fearful are they of the errors they see in too much love of country that they often end up not loving her at all. Of course, no nation is the true home of any Christians. All of us are pilgrims and our ultimate allegiance is to the City of God. CT Christians spend so much time reminding us of this fact, that they fail to do their duty in honoring the place of their pilgrimage.It is hard to love a City I have not yet seen, if I have not yet learned to love the city in which I now live. Mr. Anderson understands this. He was willing to risk being misunderstood to express what this nation means. He knew, rightly, that is the freest, most prosperous nation on earth. It is not perfect, and a good citizen hopes to right her wrongs, but there has never been anything like her.No other nation has had the power of our mother country. No nation with half her power has used it with such restraint. If Iraq is won, that nation will gain full sovereignty and be better off than she has ever been in her history. Anderson serves and fights to gain this liberty for a people not his own. In this way, by spreading liberty if the Iraqis will take it, he helps protect us.So Mr. Anderson has done his duty. I am sure he would remind me that he was no saint as a student and is not one now. So it always is with men who do the hard things. They are less concerned with being nice than with doing right. The hard road to sainthood itself never began with perfect men, but with sinners saved by grace. We thank you for your service, Colin, and we admire you for it. We are always in your debt, as we are to other faithful Americans, like fellow Torrey alum Jon Dyke.Thank you Colin. Thank you for believing in liberty. Thank you for coming to Torrey. Thank you that when you left, you decided in the end to serve others and not just self. Thank you for always standing for your country in words and now in deed. God bless you and keep you. Hope and I pray for you nightly and look forward to your return.
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