Myles Kerr is a Lance Corporal in the U. S. Marine Corp. Back in July, he participated in the Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Michigan. Kerr chose to run in his boots and backpack. When he did not cross the finish line in a timely manner, his friends became worried. Finally, they observed him turning the last corner and moving toward the finish line. It was then that his fellow Marines noticed what was slowing Kerr – there was a young boy running beside him, struggling to keep up.
Boden Fuchs is a nine-year-old who was also running the 5K. But Fuchs became separated from his running companions. “Sir,” he begged Lance Cpt. Kerr, “Will you please run with me?” Kerr decided to oblige the young fellow – all the way to the finish line.
There are Christians who are weak in faith and struggling to keep up. Paul tells strong Christians to slow down and walk beside them. That’s what Romans 14 & 15 are all about. “Accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions” – 14:1. “We who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” – 15:1-3.
It is important to cross the finish line (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). It is better to finish the race, holding hands with others (2 Corinthians 1:14). Semper Fi!