Somehow, we as Americans, have things a tad bit twisted.
We idolize sport “crybabies” who make more money in one year than many of us will make in a lifetime.
We idolize people who live lifestyles contrary to the Bible, but who “come out” of their closet. Suddenly they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
We hang on every word some celebrity sings or says. We clamor for the paparazzi to give us “More! More!’
But while we do that, we often forget the real heroes. The ones who make all the freedoms possible which so many want to stomp into the ground. We forget or dismiss those who fought to give us the right to speak up and say whatever we want to say.
It is nothing new to any of you: this is Memorial Day weekend.
Some will be making their way to the Indianapolis 500.
Some will also be making the trek to their local cemetery to visit graves…
to visit the Vietnam Memorial…
the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor…
and countless other places to remember and honor loved ones, many of whom died in service to our country.
This is a weekend to remember “with liberty and justice for all.” It is a weekend to remember “My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.” But most important of all, it is the weekend to honor those brave men and women who served this great nation.
BUT. I. AM. NOT. AN. “I. LOVE. MY. COUNTRY”. WORSHIPER.
While I am extremely grateful I live in the USA, I don’t have blinders on. I am aware there is a serious flaw that is gumming up the works. It is called SIN. Fleetwood Mac would put it another way: “You can go your own way.” And we are a people who have, by and large, chosen to do just that.
But the answer and cure for sin is the other memorial we will celebrate this week. Our church observes the Lord’s Supper each week. Some can say it becomes a ritual…and in some cases, they can be right. But if I Corinthians 11: 27-29 is taken seriously, that won’t happen. It is a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate price being paid for our freedom.
This Sunday, as you can probably guess, I will be preaching on Legacy and using our need to remember our veterans and remembering our Savior as my main thoughts. Both will develop these thoughts:
- We should never forget the sacrifice of life.
- We should never forget the price of freedom.
- We should never forget the need for peace.
I appreciate your prayers. But I encourage you to take some time this weekend to honor a vet and honor the Savior. You can’t go wrong with either one.
AND HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE MEMORIAL HOLIDAY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
How do you intend on celebrating this weekend? Will you be honoring a vet this weekend?