Raw Recruit By Paul Morris
“Romans 2:5-16: Isaiah 30:21
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them ROMANS 2:15 (ESV)
Towards the end of young officer training we had a presentation by the training wing OC on the subject of taking up new appointments. We were all very young and very keen to leave the training establishment and take up our first command. We had spent over a year training to be troop commanders and were excited at the prospect of getting on with our jobs in the ‘real world’. This excitement was tinged, to a greater or lesser extent, with a fear of failure and the nagging question of whether we would be up to it. In my case I think this question loomed rather larger than for most. We were all young but I had joined straight from A levels and was, on completion of training, barely twenty. I had scarcely learnt the art of shaving, never mind leading Royal Marine Commandos! Something that the OC said at that briefing helped massively and has stuck with me ever since. He said that we were all clearly inexperienced but that we would know the difference between right and wrong.
The Bible backs this up. In Romans 2 Paul writes that our consciences are God-given instruments and that we are responsible for using them properly. Sometimes though, especially when we are new to faith, or have areas of our lives where we have been knowingly disobedient, the difference between right and wrong is not always clear. In those instances we need to pray that God will make it obvious in a ‘This is the way, walk in it’ manner (Isa. 30:21).
During the briefing the OC also told us to show moral courage and not close our eyes and ears to wrongdoing. We were to take active steps to do the right thing; not to walk on by. It is something that I have thought of often since and have tried to live by this simple, challenging but, in my experience, highly effective maxim.”
(Paul Morris, Faith On The Frontline, CWR, Farnham, Surrey, UK., 2014)