The design of an Army, and in particular, The Salvation Army, is not the most important asset of the movement. Most important are the people who represent the organization. I’m convinced that to be a good Army, we need great people.
We need people who are dedicated to God and following Him. They need to value the Bible as His Word and guide for their lives. They need to recognize their own shortcomings and experience the salvific realities of Jesus, the Son of God. We need people who desire to be like Jesus, helpful and holy in what they do. We need people who understand that their own sacrifices in life for the glory of God are purposeful and needed. We need people who see that their neighbors need to be loved and are willing to be involved to help them.
Perhaps I’m writing about you. The Army would only be better.
“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 MSG