Major Bill Robinson, his wife Jen and their son Derek visited Bill Rudge Ministries last summer. Major Robinson is now Supervisory Chaplain at Fort Benning, GA. His powerful testimony, “From Rebel to Chaplain,” was first published in the BRM newsletter and is posted in Testimonies of Faith and Courage on our website (billrudge.org) under Multimedia.
By Major (Chaplain) Bill Robinson
Chaplain (Major) Bill Robinson serves as Brigade (and Supervisory) Chaplain at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he plans to bring Bill Rudge to minister. Major Robinson has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and the U.S. Bill Robinson’s incredible testimony, From Rebel to Chaplain, was shared in one of our previous newsletters. Chaplain Robinson provided a military escort for Bill and BJ Rudge from Germany to France for their participation in the World War One Reenactment and Sgt. York Historic Trail and Monument Dedication. The Robinsons are faithful supporters of BRM. Please continue to pray for Chaplain Robinson and his family.
When everything is dark, the smallest light shines the brightest. In the midst of shifting cultural norms and values, the Army is rewriting its own doctrine while at the same time attempting to prevent sexual assault, suicide, and increase morality at a time when multiple senior leaders are failing in the public limelight…what to do? Committees, work groups, panels, researchers and others are seeking answers and not finding them. Yet we have the solution – the purpose, direction and motivation that comes from GOD’s truth. We have the hope and a reason to live, not contingent on circumstances but rather on our relationship with JESUS as opposed to the world’s humanist manifesto that we have come from nothing, for nothing, to go to nothing.
Not long ago I sat through a mandatory two-day class on resiliency – nothing religious or Christian – and one of the instructors asked me what my definition of hope was. I told him it was the confident expectation of things not seen. He was amazed and said that was the best answer he had heard in 22 years in the Army. Too bad he had never read or heard Hebrews 11 before.
The level of biblical illiteracy in the United States is amazing! Simple words such as grace and atonement might as well be a foreign language. Over and over soldiers come to me to discuss faith because they know nothing of substance about JESUS or Christianity. Here is where the light can shine its brightest. It starts by faith as GOD asks us to plant the seed – HE will give the growth; faith that the Spirit is already at work.
With a worship service of one soldier and without a chapel, GOD created a shining light of hope in (of all places) a training base for the US Army. In the beginning it was but two chaplains praying and faithfully serving to a dead service meeting. They considered calling it quits but the chaplain leader had the vision to see that 3,000 soldiers, separated from the rest of the post, needed to see the light of GOD’s Word, regardless.
GOD honored that vision and faithfulness by sending three soldiers on fire for the Lord asking how they could help. They spread the light. GOD blessed us with leaders who knew the value of Christianity not only in their personal, but in their professional lives as well. What better guide to morals and conduct could there be than that of GOD’s Word? Soon the service was at thirty. A Bible study was started and a weekend “Movie with a Message” program began. Every time we met, the number of soldiers grew. They were not just equipped to do their job in the military, but also to do ministry. As they were deployed around the globe, they took that light with them. Before I left Fort Lee we had to begin two Bible studies as our meeting space could only seat 140 – even while losing 20% of our fellowship weekly due to deployment or reassignment. Discipline and performance problems and sexual assault decreased by such a level that the Garrison Commander asked what was making the difference? The answer was the light shining in the darkness.
So let me ask, how does your faith impact your leadership? Are you empowering believers or entertaining them? Are you praying for GOD to send guidance and resources? Are you GOD’s resource for sharing the light? Will you pray for the chaplains and the soldiers they minister to? To GOD be the glory, great things He has done – and continues to do – even in the darkness.
Major Robinson says, “For close to 30 years Bill Rudge Ministries has shaped, molded and equipped me to better serve the Lord. From rebel teen to enlisted soldier to chaplain, through three combat tours and multiple countries, this ministry has sustained me and America’s sons and daughters. As a brigade chaplain I look forward with excitement to see how Bill Rudge Ministries will continue to reach the world with the gospel through the military.”