A Living Definition of a Patriot

How do you define patriotism? That question has actually become a frequent talking point in almost every political election-year cycle. It is often used and misused in this context.

Perhaps the best way to define this noble term is to say that “you know one, when you see one.” Well, I have truly seen one, and I have known one. Colonel Paul O’Mary, deacon at the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, is the real deal. He is the epitome of a patriot. He truly lives up to his middle name, “Revere,” as in Paul Revere.

In his recent book, God and Country Forever, this dedicated patriot has written some compelling observations about America, as one who has known his country and served his country in the best and worst of times. These reflections provide valuable lessons to be learned as we look to the future as a nation.

This is straight talk from a man who has earned the right to be heard. From the end of World War II to the days of unrest during the Vietnam War, Paul Revere O’Mary served his country in the United States Army with distinction and honor.
The most lengthy and possibly the best chapter in the book is “Only One Way to Lead.” This material is applicable to anyone in leadership, whether the role of being a leader is in business, politics, education, church life or the home. The entire book is insightful and helpful as well as encouraging and enlightening, but this chapter could be expanded into a book on leadership and become a top seller in that genre.

I am prejudiced because I served as Col. O’Mary’s pastor for 15 years, but I admire him as one who has paid the price of sacrifice for his country and one who has gone beyond the call of duty as a soldier and as a citizen. For me, he is the living definition of a true patriot, and his book gives testimony to that assertion. For those of us who enjoy looking into the heart and soul of a patriot, this book is irresistible.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

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