Just a couple of days ago I wrote of a local groups politicization of Memorial day and today I read more of Anti-War Groups Accused of Politicizing Memorial Day. It is truly sad that some pollute this time of remembrance with politics. The oft used these days term disrespect comes easily to mind.
However, I believe that Memorial Day was intended to be about respecting and honoring those who gave their life while in service to our nation. Where and what they did and for what reason needn’t be considered. Men and women died in service and it should not matter to us whether they heroically saved a dozen while under fire or slipped while mopping the floor. They were serving our nation and now they are not with us. Let’s thank them, respect them, honor them and console their families.
Some people mistakenly believe that Christ was only about peace and turning the other cheek. Those are definitely his values, but he also knows that peace will only rule after evil is defeated. He came to stir things up.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Wars that we are fighting are known to Christ and according to Him who I believe, they they must be fought and we must endure.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
He says that we must endure to the end. He doesn’t say that we must strive to stop all war, but neither does he say that we are to cause all wars. He does say that war will be thrust upon us who are his believers. So as sure as we believe, we will also suffer. But also as sure as we believe, we will be comforted.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
So this Memorial day remember to act Christ like and honor those who sacrifice and comfort those who are afflicted. No more no less.