Last week was Memorial Day. Normally, I would have done a post for Memorial Day; however, with the insanity that has been going on in the nation regarding the treatment of veterans I really did not know what to write. I am deplored at the way the nation is treating our military personnel.
The individuals who put their lives on the line everyday are under paid and under funded. While bureaucrats and politicians sit in their posh mansions making politically correct, unneeded legislation and spending millions of dollars preparing for their next run for office, our soldiers live in unthinkable conditions away from their families. They sacrifice so much and then return home to be treated badly by the people that they fight so hard to protect.
I am really sad to think about the lack of respect that we have for our military/arm forces. We have the chance to meet their needs and show them the respect they deserve and instead we give the funding and support to illegal aliens and refugees.
Memorial day is a day that celebrate the memory of those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Instead this year people all over the nation are declaring war on our military. There are people choosing to exercise their freedom of speech by belittling those who have served. They choose to tear down people who put their lives on the line and worked to provide the very freedom they are abusing.
Alas I am at a loss for words. We need to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women who said they would risk it all for the sake of our freedom. Let us stop and look deep inside. Let us put away our ignorance and show respect to those who deserve it. Let us begin to see the truth before it is too late.
Working as a Pastor we have always celebrated holidays in church. I put together videos for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, etc. I always wondered why we celebrated each of these holidays in the same way. So many people celebrate their veterans on memorial day, the active soldiers on veterans day, and those who lost their lives on both. Interestingly, there are separate holidays to celebrate each different group of military personnel.
On the final Monday in the month of May we celebrate a holiday referred to as Memorial Day. It is a time to celebrate the memory of those fallen. Individuals who were in the military but are no longer with us. For most people this would only include those lost in battle. For me I include veterans who have now passed on.
On November 11 we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This day acknowledges those who were at one time in the military but are no longer. They may have retired from full time service or were discharged when their time was up, either way, they served, but are no longer in the service.
The final day is the one most people miss. It falls on the 3rd Saturday in May and is at the end of Armed Forces Week. Armed Forces Day recognizes individuals who are in the Armed Forces.
Next time you decide to celebrate a military holiday, make sure you know which one you are celebrating. And if you forget then honor all three just in case.
Why does LGBT hate Church?
Far too many people get really upset when LGBT fight against the church. They argue and criticize the church. They try to push the church to accept their way of life as normal and get angry when anyone questions it. Why do they treat the church so poorly? We are only trying to promote the Good News of Jesus Christ, Right.
Sadly, the church has been done more to promote hate than it does to promote love. We try to say, “We love all people. We hate all sin, but we can still love the people.” We stand in our pulpits and sit in our choir lofts under the guise of understanding. Sadly, we never acknowledge that we are still filled with hostility. We secretly point fingers and talk under our breath.
We are dehumanizing people. We are negating their needs to be acceptance. How can we show love for people who we don’t recognize the individual is seeking the same things that we are seeking.
There has to be a way that we can show the love of Christ with out being judgmental. What do you think we need to do?
Sunday Morning I woke up with a song in my head. All I could think of was the first verse, but I could not remember what song it was. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cool if this song came on when I got into my car.”
I got my shower, got dressed, and left for Church. As soon as I got into the car I heard, “Let it be Love, Let it be love.” Then it went to the second verse of Family Force Five’s “Let it be Love”. That was the song. The exact song that was stuck in my head and I could not remember the name of.
Isn’t it crazy how God works. He actually cares about and thinks about what we want and what we need. He pays attention to us and even when we think, “Oh, this is not a big deal”, if it concerns us, it concerns him.
God wants to be part of our lives. He notices even the small things that bother us, concern us, or just make us smile. It reminds me of the look on my wifes face when I walk up and give her a kiss. It lets her know that I love her and just want to show my love without anything in return. In the same way God just likes to show us that he loves us even when it seems small and insignificant. Sometimes he just wants to see us smile.