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Memorial Day message is being taken from Hebrews.
We often think of our fallen soldiers several times of
year. Memorial Day being a day to decorate the graves
of our fallen heroes. Men and Women that fought for
the freedom to worship God, to have free speech, to
live in pursuit of happiness, the right to bear arms,
and the right to protest against our government.
These are not the only rights we fight for. Without
these rights we do not have freedom. Freedom even
includes the right to have faith or no faith in God.
When we force people to believe in God, it can be just
as evil has forcing people to not believe. However I
choose to believe. This is one reason I chose a
passage in Hebrews that speaks of fallen soldiers of
faith yet not having received the promise of the
Messiah, but being persuade of the promise. We
standing on this side of eternity received the promise
as well as looking to the promise of Christ return.
Hebrews 11:24-40 KJV
(24) By faith Moses, when he was come to years,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
(25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the
people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
(26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches
than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto
the recompence of the reward.
(27) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath
of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is
(28) Through faith he kept the passover, and the
sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the
firstborn should touch them.
(29) By faith they passed through the Red sea as by
dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were
(30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they
were compassed about seven days.
(31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them
that believed not, when she had received the spies
(32) And what shall I more say? for the time would
fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of
Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel,
and of the prophets:
(33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the
mouths of lions,
(34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge
of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,
waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of
(35) Women received their dead raised to life again:
and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;
that they might obtain a better resurrection:
(36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and
scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and
(37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder,
were tempted, were slain with the sword: they
wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being
destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they
wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens
and caves of the earth.
(39) And these all, having obtained a good report
through faith, received not the promise:
(40) God having provided some better thing for us,
that they without us should not be made perfect.
To loose the freedom we have as nation is a
holocaust of people. To fight for the freedom of other
men and women in many countries is a holocaust of
our people, but a fight we need to stand on. We do
not want to war against people without the universal
five freedoms. It easier to talk at a table of
disagreement then to shoot with guns, and
ammunition. Yet when someone evades your territory
that is exactly what one must do. When someone
tries to take your freedom you must stand and fight
There is a right reason to fight and a wrong reason to
fight. To fight over Christmas presents is a wrong
reason, to fight for your rights and stand in pick lines
is a good thing. It is a simple protest against the
government if done correctly, to write your senator
and congressmen is a good thing, but not always to
them. To speak your mind to the politicians and
leaders but to do it peaceful is a good thing. It helps
them know what people want, it also allows them to
make sound decisions in our law making as our
To protest to God is not unusual either. Job took up
his arguments before God and got put in his place.
David was often reminded of the truth of why things
were as they were, when he spoke back to God. Yet
David knew the war both physically and verbal and
when Goliath called out to Israel to come fight him
David took a stand. To take stand to protect Israel is
what David had to do. As a nation we need to declare
why we enjoy our freedoms as we do and why we
bare arms against the enemy. Speak the truth of why
we honor our men and women who have fought both
physical and mental battle over 236 years. Godly
nation is about choices.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for our freedom to
stand up and speak up for our rights. Part of ancient
practices. Part of freedom and our choices as
Americans. Thank you for all our fallen heroes who
fought the good fight in war and verbal skills. In
Jesus precious name, Amen.