John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
This verse was the topic of conversation all day for me, starting with my 7:00 a.m. phone call from my husband in Afghanistan. When I think back on the events of this week, in Boston and Texas, I can’t help but think how truly fitting this verse is for the state our country and world is in. However, this verse came up in a completely different light.
There is a company called Trijicon. It has been in business for years and sells and manufactures firearm sights. In 2009, Trijicon won the contract to manufacture sights for the US Marines and Army. However, not too long afterwards, 2010, a huge controversy arose from these new sights. They have what they are calling “Jesus Codes” on them. The sights have always had these codes on them, but apparently the US Military was unaware of them. The founder of Trijicon was a devout Christian man who formed his company with the foundation of his faith in Christ. About 30 years ago, the company started putting a bible verse imprint on the sights. The small imprint is an abbreviation of the book, followed by the chapter and verse. The verses typically have to do with Jesus being the light of the world.
So, why am I talking about this?
My husband and many other soldiers in his unit carry a weapon with this “Jesus Code” on it's sight. To one who is not a Christian, it is simply letters and numbers. But, to one who follows Christ, they are not just letters and numbers. In the articles I have read on the topic, the fact that these verses are on the weapons has been described by influential people in our military (I won’t name names) as “disturbing” and “offensive.”
Here’s the deal, my husband and the soldiers in his company have been asked to “file out” the code on their weapon’s sight. Is it not “offensive” and “disturbing” to ask a Christian to do this? No, it won’t change their faith, but it is just wrong. If you are not a Christian, how can it be offensive to you? I don’t understand that. But how terribly offensive it is to ask a follower of Christ to “file out” His words, or what represents His words. Why do we comply so quickly to those who are not of the Christian faith, but not the other way around?
I have never been more proud to be the wife of my husband, than when he told me on the phone this morning that he would not be filing out the code. If it has to be done, they will have to take his weapon from him to do it. I love that man, and I love how he leads. None other than our Jesus, the light of the World, called Trent be a soldier, and He walks with him daily in that war filled country he is in.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, pray for our military. They obviously need it if they are trying to “file out” the one thing they need the most of…Jesus.