An Amazing Day at the Pentagon
post date: September 24, 2008
Since 9/11, security has become very tight. We were X-rayed, checked, inspected, given badges, turned them back in, given new badges, and once a guard shouted, “Hold up!” when we started to go through a checkpoint too fast.
Today’s prayer breakfast included many soldiers from the Army, civilian personnel, and even a three-star general. I met a woman who works in the JAG office. Is it anything like the TV show, I asked. Sort of, but not really, she replied with a smile.
We began promptly at 7 AM with announcements by a volunteer followed by a prayer. Then Col. Broome gave me an enthusiastic introduction. I had planned to use a podium for my notes but the one they had wasn’t adequate so I just picked up my Bible and started talking. I gave a message called “Why We Need Our Enemies and Our Enemies Need Us.” The moment I announced the topic, I could hear people nodding and going “Hmmm.” So I smiled and said, “And all God’s people said, ’Hmmm,’” which drew a laugh.
When I finished, the three-star general came up and thanked me, saying, “The Lord was proud of you today.” I think it must take great courage to be a bold Christian in the Pentagon. I could sense spiritual eagerness from everyone. Many—most, I think—took notes as I spoke. A number of people said, “I really needed to hear that message today."
And of course, after all is said and done, the people who work in the Pentagon are no different than the people who live in Rock Springs, Wyoming or in Singapore or Johannesburg because the needs of the human heart are the same everywhere. And the Word of God has the message we all need to hear.
After we wrapped up the prayer breakfast, “Whiz” and Bobby took us on a tour of the Pentagon. We had the solemn privilege of standing at the spot where the plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11. A chapel has been built to remember those who perished that day. Later we went down the paneled hallway housing Army Chief of Staff, the worldwide headquarters of the U.S. Army. Then we saw the special display for Medal of Honor winners and the gallery honoring Douglas MacArthur, one of a handful of five-star generals. We walked and walked and walked, and I suppose we saw maybe 1% of what there is to see at the Pentagon. Much of it is always off-limits because of security considerations. Somewhere there are war rooms where life-and-death decisions are made about where to send troops in a time of crisis.
Tonight we went to dinner with “Whiz” and his wife Alexa and Bobby and his wife Sheila. In talking to them, we learned more details about what God is doing in Washington. Be assured that the Lord has his people in every agency. Most of them are never talked about or written about, and it is better that way. The Lord’s work is going forward in the halls of Congress, at the Pentagon, along Embassy Row, and all across Washington.
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