This coming Monday is Memorial Day – a holiday established originally as ‘Decoration Day,’ to remember the fallen of the Civil War. It became a national holiday in 1971 and now covers all of America’s fallen in military service of the country.
So how do we reconcile Memorial Day with our faith? Sometimes that’s difficult because the holiday becomes more about the USA or more about picnics and barbecues then about the people and families impacted.
Andy Rau from BibleGateway.com wrote an article in 2013 that reminds us that memorials and monuments are an important part of history and culture, including the people of biblical times. You can read his article by clicking here.
Honor is also an important concept we need to think about on Memorial Day. We honor those who have served. After all, we live in a country where we can worship freely and those men and women have defended that right…but we also honor their memory by praying for the families that have experienced loss. John 15:13 says: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
We may not always agree with the decisions that lead to and influence war, but we can honor those who protect us. Romans 13:7 reminds us: “Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
Another good read is last year’s Memorial Day blog by Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research, now with Wheaton College. You can read it here.
Today’s Word of the Day is MILQUETOAST (MILK-toast), a noun meaning a timid, meek or unassertive person.
Thanks for listening!