Veterans

November 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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This Wednesday America will celebrate Veteran’s Day. With what recently happened in Fort Hood, it brought to mind some things that I just wanted to share. When I heard about the shootings in Texas, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that it could happen on a military base. Of all of the places where someone should be safe, you would think it would be there. One of the first things found out about the shooter was that he was a Muslim. I can honestly say that I wasn’t shocked at all to hear this. More and more I’m finding it harder to tolerate all of the people in this country who talk about Islam being a religion of peace. Sure, the Islamic groups in this country have spoken out against the attack in Texas and even went so far as to call the man a coward. But, I can’t help but wonder if they would call all the other Muslims who have violently and aggressively attacked non-Muslims cowards? If so, then they either haven’t read the Quran or they haven’t been truthful. Those who are naive enough to believe that just because Muslims say that Islam is the religion of peace that means it’s true may be the same people who voted for the current president because they believed what he said to them.
 
Islam is not the religion of peace and I’ve talked about this in other blogs on this site. Anyone who has spent any time reading the Quran can see that peace through submission is only a paper thin facade for all out holy war against all non-Muslims (and sometimes even other Muslims who disagree). What I don’t understand is why people are still buying into the lie and trying to promote peace between Muslims and other religions when Muslims don’t want it? What really irritates me is when it is Christians who promote the ecumenism. Don’t they realize that Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is God? How can there be any common ground? The tragedy in Fort Hood is a direct result of the post-modern moralism that has taken over our country. And unless something is done to change it, things will only get worse…
 
Another thing that I got to thinking about was all of the people who protested a war in Iraq but support a war in Afghanistan. Depending on who you talk to, one is just and the other isn’t. Who decides? The current president says that the Afghan war is just, but then fails to make any kind of commitment to it. His lack of backbone has affected troop morale and makes America look wishy-washy. This country is still free enough to protest wars (although that may change if the socialist continue leading the country…) and I have no problem with someone who protests a war before it starts. After the war has begun, I think that we should do everything we can to finish what we start. Yes, I know I don’t have any children over there. I do have close friends who have been there (some more than once) and I know some who have lost people over there. I wonder if those who protest the wars while they’re going on have ever given any thought to how it looks from the point of view of those fighting the war? They see moms and dads, men and women, boys and girls all shouting and yelling at the government to stop the war and bring them home; but they don’t really see any support for the actions that those same soldiers are taking so that the protesters can yell and scream in the first place! I don’t understand that. I understand that war is not pretty. I understand that there are mothers and fathers who’ve lost children and children who’ve lost parents. I also understand that many of the soldiers currently serving in the American army are doing so by choice. They are not doing it to get a free ride through college (though some are). Many of them have the same pride in their country that our founders had as they fought the British. They see the necessity of war even as they see the tragedy of it. They love their families, friends, and even complete strangers like me enough to give their time and even their lives for my freedom. The least that I can do is support them. I am truly proud of every soldier currently serving this nation. They continue to be an inspiration to me and my daughter. I am proud to say that I know a few and I’m even related to a few. I am also proud of the soldiers who came before and served in previous wars. The Vietnam and Korean vets who have been all but forgotten. I hope that our nation realizes the debt that we owe them. If you see a soldier, thank them for their service. It’s the least you can do.
 
The last major thing that I was thinking about was how necessary veterans are. When I need advice about something, I don’t want a textbook junkie to give me their prognosis according to what the latest trends say. I want someone who has been there. I want someone who has survived what I’m currently facing and knows what they’re talking about. That is what the church needs now. The church needs to start looking to its veterans. The elderly are often tossed aside in favor of flash and sound. They aren’t considered worth too much attention by a majority of the people. If things keep going, we may be letting them die in the name of universal health care. That’s sad. We have a great resource in the older generations! They have been through much worse than many of use could even imagine and they’ve done so without whining. They have a rock solid faith that has been built upon studying the scriptures and applying them to life’s trials. Today, most people don’t even know where to look in the Bible to find the answers they need. The church’s veterans do and more than likely, when they show you where it is it will be on a wrinkled, old, dog-eared, marked up page that has seen decades pass because the veterans of the church actually use their Bibles.
 
If you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces let me say thank you. Thank you for protecting my freedom. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for sacrificing your life, time, and family so that I may be free. Thank you for toughing it out when the whole nation forgot you. And, thank you for taking a little time out of your day to share a story or some advice with a little punk like me.
 
If you are a veteran of the church let me thank you too. Thank you for protecting my faith. Thank you for being an example of true Christianity. Thank you for not swaying with every new wind of doctrine. Thank you for sacrificing your time, family, and life so that I may grow in holiness. Thank you for staying faithful even when the church has forgotten you. And thank you for taking time out of your day to encourage me to draw closer to God.
 
We couldn’t do it without you…
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