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Wounded Guard was Already a Hero
Teresa Neumann : Aug 20, 2012 : Joe Carter - Action Institute
"We should pray that God would grant us the courage to be like Leo if we're ever called to step beyond our normal work routine and into the costly realm of sacrificial love." -Joe Carter, former Family Research Council employee
(Washington, DC)—As the country continues to wait for more information on the man who shot Leo Johnson, a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, former FRC employee Joe Carter writes:
From the latest reports I've heard, Leo is in the hospital and in stable condition. While he has been grievously harmed, had he not acted swiftly and courageously, some of my friends at FRC might have lost their lives. "The security guard here is a hero, as far as I'm concerned," said Washington DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier, "He did his job. The person never made it past the front." Leo is indeed a hero—because he did much more than his job.
As C.S. Lewis once said, "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality." Today, at the point of highest reality, when a dull desk job called for the vocation of a hero, Leo showed he had the form of every virtue. He was willing to lay down his life to protect those he served.
God willing, few of us will ever be called to exhibit such courage at work. But we should pray that God would grant us the courage to be like Leo if we're ever called to step beyond our normal work routine and into the costly realm of sacrificial love.
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