From the 'Greenwich PATCH': Jesus GarciaHere is the original Greenwich Patch article leading to Jesus Garcia's apology here:
"Hi im jesus garcia I know what I did was wrong and I deserve for what I did but honestly I did it because I felt I was finally someone special...my fiance is pregnant and I needed help just so I can get her what she needs I thank u for at least saying you''re going to pray for me cause I really need god in my life right now..im not mentally ill or nothing but think about it ppl would do anything to help there selves out....i cant stop thinking about what I did especially lieing like this u know..the only thing I got left is god and my fiance in my life...i can try and figure something out to pay these ppl back I promise that but that's not the prob ..the problem is me showing my self up and ppl hating me but I know god is with me...i will be joining the arm forces in guatemala if these charges don't get me in trouble... I have faith that I will get out of this prob and will keep moving on...if theres anyway u can spread around my appology that would be great....as again im sorry to all..Jesus Garcia"
I appreciate the fact that you sent this apology for publication, and I publish it here with the understanding that I am one of those who has no stomach for anyone who poses as a warrior when they are not.
'Stolen valor/Impersonation' is a loser's game and is shameful, which I'm sure you understand in your heart by now.
Those who risk life and limb everyday for us in the United States of America...and those who actually sacrifice their very lives for us...are the ones to whom your apology should be directed--to them and to their families and friends, in fact.
We read, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
If YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN GOD, Jesus, you will be strengthened by your 'namesake', our brother Christ, and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE for you.
You will have the strength to 'man up' to your wrong-doing.
You will have the strength to face your accusers, to apologize (this is a good start here) and you will have the strength and ability to convince one and all that you will never, EVER attempt anything like what you've done again!
Between God, your fiancee and your baby, you are surely blessed. You already ARE someone special, Jesus...you just don't know it yet!
You and your fiancee must earnestly pray together, and I will join you as I've promised, doing so as we remember what the Lord tells us:
"19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV)
Frankly after reading your letter, I find it hard to believe that you would 'be proud' for your child to know that his or her Daddy did bad things in the sorry excuse of 'supporting his family'.
YES, life is difficult and YES life is unfair. But many others have trials and somehow manage to survive, so why can you not do the same?
You are only 20 years old, dear Jesus, and that is still young enough for some to 'want to give you a second chance' and let you continue on with your life as a much better person--a 'new and improved' version of you!
But you must make amends first and on top of whatever the court orders. I suggest that instead of fleeing the country, you 'suck it up' and redirect your life here.
I would suggest that you get gainfully employed. Then VOLUNTEER to help out at a local veteran's hospital outpost, get involved in a group that helps military service members families or volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Contact your local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), DAV (Disabled American Veterans) or American Legion for information on how you can 'give back' and make restitution in a moral sense, after you have fulfilled whatever is required of you legally.
Perhaps your court appointed attorney can assist you with these things. Perhaps the law enforcement officials you have interacted with would also be willing to suggest some useful activities you can perform in the 'public service' sector.
True Christians know that they are duty-bound to forgive their brothers and sisters in Christ. Others may not be inclined to do so, but with time and prayer, perhaps they, too, will forgive your youthful transgressions.
I've been accused of being 'too forgiving' at times, but I will always choose to give someone 'the benefit of the doubt' unless and until things prove I oughtn't to.
Are we not to forgive 'not seven times, but SEVENTY times'?
"The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant: 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
Restoration of 'trust' takes longer, but, with time, that can be rebuilt, too.
And so I say, God Bless you , Jesus Garcia and your fiancee and your precious baby to come.
May the Lord Bless thee and keep thee...and may He shine His Face upon thee, today and always.
God Bless Us All & GOD BLESS AMERICA
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"