Independence

July 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Yesterday, America celebrated it’s birthday. The first Independence Day happened July 4th, 1776. It marked the moment when a group of British colonies had become an entirely new nation. This nation was built on Christian principles and came to be so that the people in the colonies could worship the God of the Bible as they felt they were commanded to. They wanted to be free from the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church and the king of Britain. The people of the colonies fought and many gave their lives in order for this freedom to be achieved and they expected their descendants to not only understand the cost of this freedom, but to keep fighting for it. Sadly, today’s America is a far cry from what the Founding Fathers expected or hoped for. The American people have given up the fight for their freedom and allowed smooth-talking, deceitful, self-righteous men and women to take these freedoms away from us. We have fallen asleep and our freedoms are slowly disappearing while we don’t care. Continue Reading Independence…

Hero Worship

July 13, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Over the past few weeks, there have been tragic stories in the American news outlets that have shown me some saddening things. While some of the saddening things are the stories themselves, others are the reactions of those who have watched the stories unfold. Continue Reading Hero Worship…

We Remember

May 26, 2008 at 9:19 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In America, today is Memorial Day. It’s a day when we take time (or we should) to remember those soldiers who are serving our country and those who have given their lives for our freedom.

In times past, people understood that fighting for freedom was something that may not have been a pretty thing, but it was necessary. They knew that it was the only way to keep our country free. They had a completely different attitude toward the armed forces and didn’t see it the way many do today. If you’ve ever talked to veterans from WW I/II, Vietnam, or Korea, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They have lost friends and family, but not once to they complain about it or lament making the choice. Their families are the same way. There is a pride they have for serving our nation or having family members that served.

In today’s times, there seems to be a feeling that our army is unnecessary and that it’s just another American institution. Many Americans don’t seem to understand the choice that those in the military have made or why they made it. They protest the war and demand that our soldiers come home, but they only do so because of the men and women who gave their lives for our nation. They don’t seem to remember that there are nations out their who would give anything to see our country fall and be completely wiped out. They clamor for peace but they don’t seem to understand how peace is maintained.

One thing that they seem to conveniently forget is that not one of the soldiers that have joined in the last few decades has been drafted. It’s been a voluntary choice for them to enter the armed forces. They chose to do so knowing that there was a possibility that they would see war and could even die. Some may have joined hoping that they wouldn’t get called to war, but regardless of what they were hoping for, they knew what could happen and they weren’t forced into enlisting.

I understand that, as Americans, we have the right to protest anything that we want. We can talk openly about our President and how bad they are doing. We can deride the Congress for the amount of taxpayer money they’re wasting while making outrageous salaries. We can protest war and not be happy about having soldiers overseas. But, at what point do we say: “Ok…we’re at war and our troops need our support. Our country has decided that we need to be fighting this war. I don’t agree with it, but I’m a part of this country and I’m going to do what I can to support our nation and its troops”.

I would love to see those who protest our troops being elsewhere begin to actually support the troops and their actions. I would love to see them use the freedom that those troops have garnered for us to encourage and help our soldiers.

I have talked to veterans from WW II, Vietnam, and Korea. I have heard from many of them how unappreciated they felt/feel by many Americans. Many of them feel like they are forgotten or pushed aside.

Today, on this Memorial Day, I wanted to tell those of you out their who serve in the Armed Forces that I remember. I understand what you’ve done for me and the freedoms that you’ve given through your service. I deeply appreciate all the things that you’ve done for my country and pray for you.

I also want to take the time to remember the greatest sacrifice ever made. Jesus said that there was no greater love that one could have for another than to lay down his life for his friends. Our nation has had many people lay down their lives, not only for friends and family, but for complete strangers. And, as wonderful as that is, it’s still not even close to the time when Jesus, the one and only Son of God, laid down His sinless life in my place. I should have died on that cross because I’ve sinned against a holy God. You should have too. Instead, the sinless Lamb of God was hung on the cross and gave you and I the opportunity to be reconciled to God. If we will repent and put our faith in God, He will save us.

Today, I remember the sacrifices made for me and I ask that you would take the time to do the same…


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