You may not have heard about the late ED FREEMAN. But I thought you might want to hear. (I pass on this forwarded email from a friend.) My comments follow….
Subject: Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Ed Freeman
You’re a 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .
It’s November 11, 1967.
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.
You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you’re not getting out.
Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then – over the machine gun noise – you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.
You look up to see a Huey coming in. But … It doesn’t seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.
He’s not MedEvac so it’s not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.
Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway.
And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.
And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.
He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho ..
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.
The Bible ends with an explosion of glory in Revelation 21-22. Our old universe has passed away and is being replaced by astonishing new earth, new heavens and the eternal City of God.
But even this astonishing word picture of what lies ahead for those who are in Christ Jesus begins with some very sobering words–
“He who overcomes will inherit all of this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the COWARDLY, (and seven other categories of sinners)–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”
The cowardly are disqualified.
To follow Christ takes courage. To deal with unhappy family members. Co-workers. Employers. Christophobic activists. Godless government.
American Christians have viewed martyrdom (in every degree) as something that happens to foreigners in distant lands. But our time is coming — has come — and we are going to need the courage which comes from the indwelling Spirit of God and a relentless focus on that city not built with human hands.
When the fire gets the hottest, I hope we will be like Ed Freeman, concerned less for our own safety and more for the lives of those who might yet be snatched from the fire.
Doug Van Devender