Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thoughts on Veterans Day

Happy Saturday everyone.  Earlier this week, America celebrated Veteran's Day when we remember and honor all those who have gone to war in defense of our nation.  These young men and women who put themselves in harms way for our defense do deserve our gratitude.  I think we should remember them each and every day by reaching out to their families who miss them and even more to those family who have lost someone in the defense of our nation. 

With that said, and with all the respect in the world to our veterans, I am troubled by some of the things I heard on that day.  We need to make sure that we do not go from giving our veterans the honor and respect they deserve to idolizing them in attributing to them the gifts of God.  We must make sure that we always keep our trust in God because once we start putting things between us and God, God will start taking those things away. This is true for the freedoms we cherish and the military we give too much of the credit in defending.

Everyday we should be thanking our soldiers and their families for the service and sacrifice they give to our nation.  We need to thank them by our actions and in times of need by our treasure.  But don't thank a veteran for your freedom or way of life.  Those are gifts of God.  Whatever freedom and way of life we have were granted to us by God and for as long as God wills us to have our freedom, we will have it.  Those gifts will remain our reality as long as God wills it.  Considering how long we have abused these gifts, I truly believe we are on borrowed time.  If and when there comes a time for God to take our freedom away from us, no army in the world will be able to stop it. 

By trusting in our military, we take God and any personal responsibility for our freedoms out of the equation.  If we trust in God as our provider, it becomes all about Him and our relationship to Him.  Great armies come and go and even great armies have fallen throughout history.  God is the same yesterday today and forever and God will never fall.  Who do you want to trust with your freedom?
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. MAY the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
May He grant you according to your heart's desire, And fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.
Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call.  Psalm 20 NKJV 

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