War is not something we glory in. It’s not a mandate from God. Rather, it is one of the consequences of the fall of man, occasioned by Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. For at that time, sin entered the world. One of the ways this sin manifests itself is through a lack of peace among the nations on earth. Accordingly, there are those in other parts of the world who are determined to take away the freedoms we enjoy in America, no matter what the costs to do so.
But we are even more determined to defend the freedoms we have. Many of our brave men and women of war have paid for the defense of our freedoms through their own priceless blood. You know the Bible says, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). One might argue that not all of those who died while serving in our armed forces entered the military with the intent of laying down their lives for others. Though that is true, all of them understood that their death was a real possibility.
For those who died in the defense of our freedoms, their lives have not been in vain because we are still “the land of the free.”
I know we will be enjoying Memorial Day by doing things such as having family gatherings, hanging out at the beach, being lazy around the house, whatever. I will be doing some of that as well. This is what freedom feels like. And I truly thank God for the liberties that we enjoy as a nation. But let us not forget the high cost of defending these freedoms. It has not been procured by money, but by the blood, sweat, and tears of the brave. And so, let us conscientiously reflect on and honor the selfless service of our men and women of war who have passed on. And let us pray for the safety of those who currently serve in our military that God will protect them and bring those who are abroad home safely.
Copyright © 2011 by Frank King. All rights reserved.