Nowhere else to go

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life…

In the movie An Officer and a Gentleman, Zach Mayo (Richard Gere) is an aviation officer candidate who is acing his training but has a problem – he does not work well with others; he’s selfish and a bit of a loner. Gunnery Sargent Emil Foley (Louis Gossett, Jr.) detects these character flaws, determines that in a real combat situation Mayo would be a risk to the entire unit, and thus tries to run him out of the program with punitive and abusive training. Foley is constantly asking Mayo for his DOR, or drop on request, which is the navy term for requesting a termination of training. But Mayo will not drop. Exasperated because he cannot break Mayo, Foley finally determines to usher him out of the program without a DOR, but Mayo cries out, “Don’t you do it, sir. I have no where else to go. I have no where else to go.”

An Officer and a Gentleman

So it is with the Christian. Our life is God – “that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life.” The Apostle Peter said the very same thing. When Jesus told his disciples in Capernaum that he was the bread of life and that apart from him there was no life, many of his disciples withdrew and abandoned him. Jesus was asking for a total commitment and that was deemed too much. So Jesus turned to the twelve apostles and asked if they would abandon him too. Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (John 6:68) And so it is for today’s Christian – why would we abandon Jesus? we have nowhere else to go; only Christ has the words of life.

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