Memorial Day Remembrances

The flags are up lining the streets. Crosses adorn the courthouse lawn. The Mayberry-sized parade is set to begin at 10:00 AM. My small town of Rising Sun does a good job on Memorial Day

I am pleased that in the past decade or so more communities have been hosting various kinds of remembrances on Memorial Day. I think 911 reminded us how important our military is and the cost that so many have paid to secure our freedoms.

Still, our warriors do not hold the place of esteem in society that they use to hold.
Too often we associate the word warrior with violence and destruction; there are some who question how a Christian can be a warrior since Jesus was a man of peace. But Jesus had numerous encounters with soldiers during his time on earth. Not once did he encourage a soldier to stop being a soldier. He even healed the servant of a centurion. You see Jesus understood the heart of a warrior.

Stu Weber remindsus in Tender Warrior that, “The heart of a warrior is a protective heart. The warrior shields, defends, stands between, and guards.” That’s what Jesus saw in the heart of the centurion.

In fact, warrior is a title that God wears, “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name” we are told in Exodus 15:3.  And in Zephaniah 3:17 we see both the warrior and love aspects of God, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

That kind of love has motivated both our Lord and numerous soldiers to lay down their lives. It was the motivation that prompted my cousin, Sgt. Charles “Chalkie” Fleek, to throw himself on a grenade in Bình Dương, Republic of Vietnam and save the lives of eight of his fellow soldiers.

He is one of the reasons Memorial Day is so meaningful to me. My father served. My oldest son is serving now. Each generation is called to preserve our freedoms and each generation has those who pay the ultimate price.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:3). That’s why on this solemn day I will go to the parade. I will listen attentively to the speeches, I will tear up when I hear taps, and I will remember with gratitude those we honor this day.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kenda Turner
    May 29, 2018 @ 12:53:13

    Thank you for this touching tribute to your loved ones on this Memorial day, and the Biblical perspective on the word warrior. You’ve given us a good pause to think more deeply about what the day means. Appreciate what you’ve written. And glad to see you’re back to blogging!

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