We just wrapped up a great weekend of ministry as we honored our veterans and active duty servicemen and servicewoman this past Sunday. It was a very moving service as we watched some videos, heard “Taps”, and also heard some excerpts of President George W. Bush’s 2004 Memorial Day Proclamation.
Our theme for the day was “Remembering Our Heroes”. We had the privilege of honoring several families with Certificates Of Appreciation and then provided these wonderful families with a complimentary meal after our morning service. I preached a messaged from 2 Peter 1 about “Remembering”. All in all, it was a great day in the Lord’s house.
The one thing I noted this year, was an overall genuine spirit of gratitude of thankfulness toward our military. Usually each year, there seems to be at least some negativity that comes out each year at the same time, but not this year. It seemed like the first time in a long time that our country was genuinely united in honoring our men and women without a bunch of politics or agendas. It was refreshing to say the least.
Why do I think there was so much more unanimity this year? I can’t put my finger on anything specific, but I do think there are some pretty good indicators. First, I believe that Americans are worn out at being the world’s peace keepers and are realizing just what a price has been paid to preserve our nation’s freedom. To date, 1.4 million soldiers have given their lives to preserve that liberty. Second, I believe that Americans are tired of the politics that have ruled the day for the last several years, and are getting back to the heart of Americanism-hard work (also known as capitalism), national pride, family, and faith in God. That’s why some movements like the Tea Party have become such a phenomenon that the liberals can’t figure out and which drives them crazy. There is a simple, yet profound desire to get back to those principles which made America great in the first place.
My prayer is that once again, God will continue to arouse Americans from our deep slumber and drunken stuper of material gluttony and help us to realize what we have become over the last 50 years and repent of our sins and turn back to the LORD God and serve Him. Oh yes, revival is still possible in America and people can still be saved!
2Ch 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As a veteran who served for eleven years, I am thankful for the optimism that I observed this year, but as Pastor, I am even more hopeful that God would allow us to reap a great harvest of souls in these last days. May God grant it!