John McCain: the power of Christ in a POW camp

Posted: August 30, 2008 by limabean03 in Christianity, Current Issues, Uncategorized
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McCain recovering in a hospital bed

McCain recovering in a hospital bed

THE EXCERPT FROM THIS NEWS ARTICLE HAS FAR MORE TO SAY ABOUT JESUS THAN IT DOES JOHN MCCAIN. 

When John McCain was chosen as one of three chaplains during his Vietnam captivity, it seemed slightly ridiculous, especially to him. He had been a wild child at the Naval Academy and was prone to defying his captors by “uplifting his center finger” and uttering “the oath that is commonly associated with that gesture,” as one observer has delicately related.

“I would like to tell you that I was selected to be room chaplain because I had an abundance of religiosity,” McCain explained in an interview last year with Beliefnet. He was chosen instead because he had attended an Episcopal high school and knew the Christian liturgy by heart. “So I had an ability to lead a church service.”

But it turned out to be a formative experience for McCain: “I’ll never forget that first Christmas when I … read from the Nativity story … And I looked in that room around and there were guys who had already been there for seven years and tears were streaming down their face, not out of sorrow, but out of joy that for the first time in all that captivity, we could celebrate the birth of Christ together.”

read it all here

Comments
  1. barrywallace says:

    I’d never heard that story. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. WOW, the power of Christ from a humble manger to a POW camp. Very powerful. Sometimes we go through the motions without realizing the impact on our own lives until a particular moment. May we listen for the truths that will impact us in every moment.

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