His name is Jordan Matson. He worked as a driver for a food service company for 6 months to save up the money to go and support himself for at least 3 years. He's not a missionary per se, but he is on a mission. He has independently joined Kurdish forces fighting against ISIL. His words are his mission:
"I couldn't just sit and watch Christians being slaughtered anymore. These people are fighting for their homes, for everything they have." Jordan Matson, unmasked, is a modern day Lone Ranger.
Who knows exactly what motivates a person to go beyond what is normal? Duty, Honor, Country, Faith, or maybe just a sense of bringing those to justice who spread injustice. Regardless, this man is a breed apart, and his actions speak much louder than any words he may utter. Please pray for this brave man, and for others who may join him.
In a more practical way for our daily lives, we are given by God, Lone Ranger moments. Those are times when our decision may not make sense to most, but is the absolute right thing to do. Standing up for our faith when challenged, being honest with others about our struggles, being courageous when alone to do good, to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Taking in strangers, befriending prisoners, drug users and alcoholics. Living outside of our comfort zones sometimes being in a combat zone.
We only have to look to the cross to gain courage, even though other human beings can motivate us with their actions. Jesus went alone, with more courage than any of us could ever muster to suffer beatings and death for you and me. He was the original Lone Ranger, so to speak, who was abandoned even by those closest to him, was doubted by his most ardent supporters, but he knew his calling, his purpose, his mission.
He knew one day his believers may get slaughtered for their faith, but his redemption paid for their salvation and reward in eternal life. Oh, if only you or I could have the conviction of our Lord, and the courage of Jordan, the only ones who would be slaughtered would be the devil and his closest associates.
And we wouldn't need bombs to defeat ISIL, just more folks like Jordan!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.