Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
1 Peter 3:8
The simplest explanation of this is that the soldiers all walk the same way at the same time holding their weapons or flags the same way at the same time.
Watching a group of military personnel perform Close Order Drill is a fascinating thing to behold. There’s even a group of Marines that do the drill without any verbal commands – called the Silent Drill Team.
Drill and Close Order Drill are traditions in the U.S. Military since the very beginning and is also a tradition in other nations’ military that dates back to the 5th Century BC.
The reason for Drill is to instill discipline and obedience.
It was vital for U.S. Troops in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War but with the advent of trench warfare was not needed for combat as much as it used to be.
It is still used with troops today in order for the troops to have “unity of mind” and “brotherly love.”
That’s what Christians are called upon to have in 1 Peter 3.
It is vitally important that we Christians have a unity of mind – to be of one purpose and goal. That goal is to make disciples of all nations.
Along with this, we are to have sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind.
We are not Christians for ourselves. We should not be joining a congregation in order to get something. We join congregations to give.
We serve others. We help others. We have our own version of “Close Order Drill” in order to build each other up in our calling to make disciples.
Our “Close Order Drill” is our Creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds). It is also, for those who are Lutherans, the Confessions (Book of Concord and Small Catechism).
Our Drill is daily contrition and repentance. It is receiving the forgiveness of sins from God’s Holy Word daily and Holy Absolution weekly.
Our Drill is regular and consistent worship with brothers and sisters in Christ.
In the military, “Drill” was used to make warfare more efficient and successful.
In the Church, “Drill” is used in much the same way. For we are at war. We are at war with the devil, the world and our own sinful nature.
But Christ won the war by taking all the sins of all people on himself and paying the penalty for our sins on the cross. We are forgiven and the devil has no claim on us.
But even though he’s lost the war, the devil continues his campaign of terror against us.
Our “Close Order Drill” will help each one of us who participates to walk together in safe and powerful numbers.
I realize that to many, the word “drill” has a negative connotation. For some it carries an idea of drudgery, work, even slavery.
But for those who have learned the U.S. Military’s “Close Order Drill” I would suspect they understand the value, the camaraderie, and the powerfully positive feeling that comes when the Drill is done correctly by so many at once.
To see Drill done powerfully by the military, look at this video here.
To participate in a Drill, go to your local congregation this weekend and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
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