Sixteen years ago there was a movie called Black Hawk Down which was about our US military involvement and conflict in a country called Somalia back in October 1993. Their presence in the country was supposed to be a peacekeeping mission to provide aid to the people of Somalia who had been affected by the genocidal war in their country.
The US forces also were supposed to capture the men responsible and to bring them justice for the war crimes against their country. With the code name Irene given, the mission was a go and the US soldiers embarked on their mission of extraction to capture the one responsible for the war and his key associates. The mission was supposed to take no less than thirty minutes and the US forces would return back to base. The soldiers who went on this mission were very overconfident and decided to take minimal weapons and ammunition because they felt they would encounter little resistance in completing their mission.
However, as the US forces entered into the city that was considered the most hostile part to extract their targets, two black hawk helicopters during the extraction were hit by RPG missiles and crashed in the city. As a result of this happening, the mission had now changed and the US forces which were our US Marines, Army Rangers, and Delta Special forces now had to rescue their fellow soldiers injured the two separate helicopter crashes. The new mission to rescue their brothers turned into a night-long battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians and the US Soldiers engaged in a fierce bloody battle. Their battle with the Somalian rebels would go on until their rescue convoy finally arrived and removed them from the hot zone of battle. By the end of the movie the US forces went back into Somalia to rescue the rest of their fellow soldiers who were still fighting, wounded or had died during the battle.
The message from the movie that I believe viewers took from is that our US soldiers are always determined to never leave another soldier behind in battle. As men of God there are three important points that we can take from the movie and apply in our relationship with others in the church and the Body of Christ. The first point that we can apply in our relationship with one another is that we should be determined to never leave a man behind who has been overtaken by his fault. A second point that we can apply from the movie Black Hawk Down in our lives is that our maturity is a process. Finally, a third point that we can take from the movie is that we should always seek to restore our brother in the spirit of meekness.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted (Galatians 6:1).
Leave no man behind
What does the statement leave no man behind mean? The statement leave no man behind is an Army Ranger creed which is a part of their Army Ranger stanza. In the fifth stanza of their creed, it states that “I shall never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy”. The leave no man behind creed is also important to the other US military forces like the Marines, the Army, and other special forces. The same determination that our brave men and women have never to leave another soldier behind is a mindset we should have as well when our brother has been overtaken by a fault in his life. The word overtaken means when a man has been trapped or ensnared and he feels he cannot break free from the grips of the sin which has him bound.
When Christ died, was buried and rose from the grave three days later, the power of sin was broken over our lives. According to Romans 8:2 the word of God says that “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. However, as men, if we do not allow the word of God and God’s presence to establish boundaries for us we can be ensnared back into sin. In James 1:14-15 the word of God says we can be “drawn away by lust, once it has been conceived in us it will birth sin, and will result in death”. Many men of God who have been overtaken by a fault in their life have seen their dreams die. The fault they have been overtaken by has produced death to their marriages, relationship with their kids and damaged their character before people in the world and in the workplace.
An example of a man in scripture who was overtaken by his fault or situation was Lot the nephew of Abraham. In Genesis 18, the Lord revealed to Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the wickedness in the city which had risen up to Heaven. If you think about that historical event which happened in those places we also see history repeating itself in our times. There is wickedness all in our cities and all types of disasters are happening in our country which has risen up before Heaven. The word of God us tells that after Abram and Lot had separated from one another because of the strife that arose among their herdsmen because there was not enough room for them to both dwell in the land together. As result of this dilemma this cause Lot to “pitches his tent toward Sodom” in Genesis 13:10-13. However, by the time we get to Genesis 19:1-25 the Lord had to use Abraham through his prayers of intercession for the righteous to deliver Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah from the destruction brought upon the land through fire and brimstone. The Lord is calling us as men to rise up in His army, to take the posture of intercessory prayer and to make sure that our brothers who have been overtaken by their fault are not left behind enemy lines and destroyed.
Maturity is a process
A second point that we can apply from the movie Black Hawk Down in our lives is that our maturity is a process. As we learn to mature in Christ, our maturity will help us to be the support to our brothers that need help to recover from their faults. In the Amplified version of Galatians 6:1, the man identified as being “spiritual is one who is responsive to the guidance of the Spirit”. He is spiritually mature and is moved with compassion for a brother because of what has gone wrong in his life. As men, our maturity in Christ is a process and each day we should strive to allow the Lord to change our hearts to focus more on Him and less on ourselves. A mature man in Christ or a spiritual man is willing to demonstrate in having a shepherd heart toward God’s people. A heart of shepherd that is willing to help restore and encourage another man to come back in fellowship with the Lord. If we leave our brother behind in his fault or sin, the word of God lets us know that at some point we too could one day be overtaken by our own faults.
The question I would like ask you my brother is can the Lord trust you with the dark details about another man? Are you willing to be mature enough not to leave your brother behind though his struggles, his burdens or area of pain has become public? Are you willing to grow up and be mature to pray for that brother in Christ who is a babe in Christ and has been having issues with his child, his marriage or his family concerns? The word of God still says that “all of us have sinned and falling short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). However, as God’s grace has restored us from our faults and trespasses we must demonstrate that same grace and mercy to the next man. Being mature in Christ will help us as men of God to provide the man caught in his fault our intercession, our fellowship, and our presence. The world is not the only place where men outside the church have been overtaken by sexual sins, internet pornography and uncontrolled lusts. Unfortunately, even men in the House of God are dealing with these same issues and we have to be determined to leave no man behind.
The spirit of meekness
A final point that we can take from the movie Black Hawk Down is that we should always seek to restore one another in the spirit of meekness. What is meekness? Meekness is strength under control. The word meekness can also mean the attitude or quality of a person’s heart. In Galatians 5:22-23, Meekness is also one of the nine fruit of the Spirit. Meekness is the opposite of a person being self-will, self-interest, or self-assertive. Most people tend to think that meekness is a form of weakness but it is not. However, meekness is one of the beatitudes that which Jesus spoke about on the Sermon on the Mount when He said: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
The word restore means “to mend or repair”. The word also can be used to describe “setting a broken bone or repairing a dislocated limb”. When the word is used metaphorically, the word restore can mean “settling a dispute or an argument between two parties”. When we are exhorted by the Apostle Paul to restore a person in a spirit of meekness it would mean that we are to help restore our brother pointing to them back to Christ. We are to help restore them in a gentle way that is a reflection of the tenderness of Jesus as He did for others during His three years of ministry on the earth. The relationships which have been broken in a man’s life but are still meant be a part of his life, the Lord will have us to do our part and cause those relationships to be made whole. The relationships that ended in that man’s life and are no longer meant to be a part of his life, through the spirit of meekness we can show that person why they now need to move forward into the blessings God has in store for him. The Lord wants to use us to restore our brothers in the spirit of meekness so the areas of their lives that were dislocated can be put back in place by His grace.