his class for their professor to arrive to begin his lecture on
Steve was attending college on the GI Bill. He knew that he had earned the privilege after serving those three tours in the desert with the Marine Corps. Steve looked around at his fellow students. Most were young but a few were adults coming into class for various reasons. He wished he could know all of them. Wished he could learn their stories and tell his own. His story of survival in the bowels of the world. Stories of the courageous people he had meet, the children he had taught. Yes, he had so many amazing stories to tell.
He heard the door open and saw the professor, an avowed atheist,
enter the room. The professor walked to the front of the large
classroom and stood on a platform. “Today,” he said “we are
going to discuss the belief in God, and how that false belief lead
directly to the downfall of civilizations throughout history.”
Steve wondered how anyone could not believe in God. The same God that he had prayed to. The one that protected him and allowed him to come back in one piece to his wife and daughter, but he kept his thoughts to himself.
“Now, to prove to you that there is no God, I am going to stand
here and challenge him. God, if you are real, all you have to do TO
prove it is knock me off this platform. I’ll give you 10 minutes to
figure out how you are going to do that.”
Steve looked around the room at the faces of the other students. Most were shocked, some were smiling, showing they were amused by this challenge.
“Well God, you have 5 minutes left, if you are so powerful, it
shouldn’t be too hard a task for you to knock me over,” the
Steve got up and walked over to the professor. He stood in front of
him and with one quick motion, he slammed his fist into the
professor’s face, knocking him off the platform.
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop as the professor stood up, struggling to regain his composure while Steve silently turned and returned to his seat.
The professor looked at Steve and said, “What the hell is wrong
with you? Why did you do that?”
Steve calmly replied, “God was busy today protecting America’s
soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid shit and act like
an imbecile whenever you see fit. So he sent me. Semper Fidelis”.
The silence turned into cheers for the brave soldier who understood
loyalty and stood up for his God that day.
I just want to add sections from the last line of John F. Kennedy’s
inauguration speech. “Whether you are citizens of America or the
world, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing
and His help, but knowing that here on earth, God’s work must truly
be our own.”