Semper Fidelis, Latin for “Always Faithful,” has been the U.S. Marine Corps motto since 1883. It expresses the Marines’ pledge to remain faithful always, no matter what.
Marine Corporal Matthew Bradford (Ret.) exemplifies this motto. Serving in Iraq in January 2007, Bradford was on patrol when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Shrapnel blew into Bradford’s eyes, took off one leg, severely mangled the other, damaged his left arm and right hand, and caused serious internal injuries. Three weeks later, he woke up to discover he was blind and had lost both legs. Yet incredibly, in April 2010, Bradford reenlisted in the Marine Corps, becoming the first blind, double amputee to do so. Semper Fidelis.
Marines engaged in battle understand the importance of unwavering loyalty. The prophet Elijah has shown us what unwavering loyalty to God looks like. In 1 Kings 18, we find Elijah involved in a battle. His loyalty to God was clear, and he challenged others to do the same. His challenge confronts us still today.