By Onan Coca
In an effort to be transparent, let me begin by saying that Col. Allen West and Eagle Rising are in the same family/network of websites – the Liberty Alliance. And while we love Col. West and the work he is doing, we hope that our admiration in no way distorts our reporting. (But we are excited to write this piece!)
The wonderful and courageous Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, Allen B. West is currently taking part in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (KPCRAA). The charity ride raises money for Victory Junction and other children’s charities across the country, and Col. West is enjoying taking part in this year’s ride -- so much so that he is keeping a journal about it on his website.
In today’s journal, Col. West reflects on the road his life has taken and how he can see the Hand of God moving his family along all the while. The entire reflection is well worth reading, but there is one part in particular that we should focus in on. It seems that Col. West may be seriously considering a run at the White House in 2016!
I want to share with you that we should not run away from trials, travails, and tribulations. We should count them all joy as we are being perfected for a greater purpose. A diamond is but a rock until it undergoes intense pressure and heat. Steel is purified by intense heat. We cannot seek to live a life where our goal is to go from one oasis to another. Sometimes we have to cross a desert in order to develop inner strength.
Many are asking me to consider a huge undertaking. If God had not placed a challenge before me and closed one door, perhaps a new mission would not be possible. Here I am, traveling along the same path I took in December 2003. I am traveling with my “Band of Brothers” and meeting my beloved countrymen and women along the way, sharing my perspectives as well.
A new door has opened and faithfully I walked through it. This morning a couple of our Motor Marshalls, former NC Highway Patrolmen, expressed their delight in my publicly sharing my faith. I told them I have no choice. I ain’t perfect, but I do know that God guides my steps and protects my family.
We did not stop to rest back in December 2003, but today I had the opportunity to reflect upon those doors that have opened for me. Where will this journey lead me? Only God knows. What a journey it has been so far!
Why do I remain so committed amidst all the hateful speech and attacks aimed at me? Simple. “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17 NIV). So I press on and thank God for this moment to reflect upon the doors of life.
Day 6 tomorrow: into Louisiana and stopping in Nawlins!
And to all of you who have asked me that one question, well, I will consider and be in prayer about it, and chat with Angela.
Steadfast and Loyal!
I may be reading a bit too much into Col. West’s post… but it sure does sound like he is seriously considering a run, doesn’t it?
Col. West is a God-fearing family man who has worked hard and lived honorably his entire adult life. He speaks openly of the trouble he ran into after 23 years of impeccable service in the Marine Corps, and he takes full responsibility for the fall out. Though he still believes (and so do we) that he acted rightly in saving the lives of the soldiers under his command.
We would be ecstatic to see Col. West add his voice to those who will be vying for the Republican nomination for President. In 2008 and 2012 Republicans picked less worthy men to run – so Col. West would only be a great step up as a candidate for President in 2016. We’ll be praying for you and your family, Col. West, as you consider this momentous decision!