As things wrapped up and everyone was leaving Cabernet last Friday, Tom Mitchel and I shook hands and he shared that he was in the Army’s 7th Calvary. It was his troop that was deployed to The Valley of Death where Lt. Colonel Harold Moore radioed in “Broken Arrow.”
I think it took a long moment for my brain to catch up with my emotions and the pictures I had painted of that day.
He went on to explain that his active tour was up a week before his company C was given orders to go. Soldiers he had trained, good men and friends engaged in the largest assault.
He lost a very close friend in a helicopter crash. Another had taken 3 bullets, but survived and is still living today. He pointed to the spots where the bullets hit.
He said Harold Moore is a great leader… the first to set foot at La Drang and the very last to depart, not wanting to leave any of his men.
Tom then explained a dimension of Broken Arrow that I had missed during my study.
In the army, Broken Arrow means that you are calling for fire down on yourself. You are asking that all the power and intellect available be used in an arsenal attack on the area you are occupying, because short of that there is no chance of any survival.
That is a tough call for a leader to make, but on that day in November, 1965 the enemy had pressed in tight. They smelt victory and were positioning for total massacre. Making the call on Broken Arrow was necessary to defeat the enemy and assure the battalions would survive.
This week we will be calling Broken Arrow on the shallow view of leadership and love that has pressed in on men and positioned us for role reversal, strained dynamics, rocky relationships and failed marriages.
The Apostle Paul has some very direct things to say on this in concert with the Apostle Peter.
Join us at the tables this Friday as we look at 5 specific responsibilities of a man to his woman, a husband to his wife.
If you are not doing these 5 things, you’ve blown it. If I am not doing these 5 things, I’ve blown it.
The goal is to encourage us to be biblical men, biblical husbands, great leaders.
Most of the things we will look at are not the views you will hear at work, on television, read in a magazine or get from friends. Nor should they be.
Your work did not create marriage. Neither did the media and neither did your friends.
This is God’s institution. It was His idea. And He sets the rules.
So what are they… and how do we best serve His purpose?
Hope to see you early!