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Chris Kyle: An American Infidel

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This brief account of Chris Kyle is the first in a series I have begun called The American Infidels.

An “infidel” in general terms, is a non-believer.

In recent years, the term infidel has been co-opted by the US Military and many veterans who have served in conflicts in primarily Muslim nations and worn as a badge of honor.

To my way of thinking, every person who has embraced the way of Western Civilization is an infidel in the eyes of a radicalized Jihadist. Everyone in America who is not sympathetic and/or submissive to Sharia Law and their Jihadist Enforcers are infidels, therefore every red-blooded American should find something in this series with which to empathize.

The American Infidels series will outline heroic soldiers, ministers, martyrs and heroes who would gladly face the blade of a Jihadist in defense of the weak and in service to God and Country.

This week I finally got around to watching the film “American Sniper” the story of Chris Kyle, arguably the most famous Navy Seal Sniper in US Military history. Kyle is credited with more than 160 confirmed kills.

While it may seem strange to some that I, a born again spirit-filled Christian would even mention the heroics of a man that some would view as a cold-blooded killer, I submit to you that defending the weak and defenseless is a pursuit very close to God’s heart.

John 15:13  (KJV)  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

During a flashback scene of Kyle’s youth I was reminded of our peace officers wading willingly into danger every day to keep us safe, of soldiers giving their lives for their country and pastors living selflessly for the good of their flocks.

As pre-teen Chris and his family are seated around the dinner table Kyle’s dad Wayne says:

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you’ve got predators who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.

And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdogs

Chris Kyle ran to danger , instead of running from it. He felt an emptiness when he wasn’t protecting someone. He served as a protector mentor and friend to disabled veterans upon returning from his four tours of duty; until the day a troubled vet that he was trying to help murdered Chris Kyle in cold blood.

Chris Kyle was a sheepdog, a defender, a three percenter , a hero and a true American Infidel.



 

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