Military Mail Bag

Dear Fellows:

Here it is! Another month for the Beacon Lights, and there isn’t a letter from you fellows to be placed on its pages. We are hoping that there will be a lot of letters from you fellows, so that the Military Mail Bag will be what it is supposed to be. I hope we will hear from you in the coming month. The letters will be gladly received from you, so please sit down and write a little something!

I would like to write something on what we have in Ephesians 5:15-17: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Especially of what we have in the 15th verse we would like to write about. Since the young men have to leave the Christian home, and be away from the guiding hand of the Christian parent, they are on their own in what way they have to walk. They have to walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise. They have to walk prayerfully and carefully lest they fall into sin. That you must be ever on the watch for temptations that surround you, that you may not lose your foothold and fall into sin.

Temptations are on all sides of us, and we need to take heed of this admonition when we are in the service, where we are away from home. We do not have the guiding hand of God-fearing parents and of Christian brethren and sisters. Instead of this, you are surrounded by evil companions, who would lead you in ways of sin and evil. Evil there is – the wicked world can produce all kinds of evil and especially in the service can it be seen that the world is full of wickedness.

Therefore, you must take heed to your own way. You must walk carefully. From step to step you must be sure of your footing so that you do not stumble and fall. You must put your foot down sure, so that you will not fall. You as a Christian soldier are walking on a dangerous trail and are called upon to exercise caution, self-denial, and self-control. You have need of the Word of God as a lamp unto your feet and a light upon your path.

Then you will walk not as fools, but as wise. A fool is one who only lives for the present. The motto of the fool is, let us eat, drink, and be merry. He does not look at the reality of life and death. He does not see the relationship between the temporal and the eternal, the earthly and the heavenly. He seeks the things which are below in order that he may satisfy the lusts of the flesh.

Do not walk as the fool walks – that would lead you to destruction. But walk as wise. A wise man sees all of the things of God. By His grace he is able to walk as the wise. Walk the way of eternal life and joy, and peace, which no man can take away because it is made sure. Ever do we need to have a word of prayer on our lips, so that we will be safely led, and we will be led in the path of righteousness.

Everett Buiter

R.R. 2, Box 120

Tinley Park, Illinois.