In every American war there are heroes who stand head and shoulders above heroes, whose deeds are so incredible that they become legendary. But there is more than just the deeds they do that make them heroic legends. Alvin York in WWI and Audie Murphy in WWII both had the same qualities and characteristics that made them a hero’s hero.
They were not generals, they were warriors who were on the front lines risking their lives without restraint. They saved dozens of their fellow soldiers while enabling them to complete their missions and win the wars. But in addition to being heroic warriors they were also Christian soldiers, humble and inspiring to those with whom they served.
Chris Kyle was such a man. He was a Navy Seal sniper, an elite soldier’s elite soldier. As a sniper, he saved the lives of many American soldiers and killed over a hundred and fifty Islamist insurgents and terrorists in Iraq. But it was not his kill total that made him a legendary hero in the greatest military in the history of the world.
His fellow soldiers describe Chris as a guardian angel. Chris didn’t regard his kills as the measure of his accomplishment, he counted the lives that were saved by his actions. As a Navy Seal he belonged to a team of the most elite soldiers in history. As a Christian he served God by inspiring and encouraging others to be their best. The righteous mourn the loss of one of their greatest.
For everyone who is an enemy of America, an enemy of Christ and of the righteousness, they praise evil thankful that a crusader champion has fallen. They believe themselves to be righteous and condemn him as one who “lived by the sword.” They do not see American soldiers and police as the righteous defenders of liberty and protectors of the innocent, but as a threat to themselves. That’s because they do not see the criminals and dictators whom they follow as the ones who live by the sword. They are the corrupt who infiltrate the ranks of the righteous to bring them down.
America has been the greatest force for good, for liberty, and for righteousness in the history of the world. A nation founded on Christian ideology, Chris Kyle represented the soul of America. Like his predecessors, York and Murphy, along with the generals and lawmen who have dedicated their lives to fighting evil and oppression, Chris Kyle stands tall and in singular company as a warrior with a Christian heart who fought for right. When a man like this is lost, America loses a piece of its soul.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight. Todd and I first met Chris in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” And later we became friends with Chris when he was on “Stars Earn Stripes” with Todd. Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten.” - Todd and Sarah Palin