As we go through our Memorial Day Weekend, let us all be very mindful of the blood that was shed for us to be free. This is far more than a 3 day weekend, this is far more than an extra day off from work. This is far more than a barbecue day at the lake. This is a day to remember the lives that were laid down, so that we could be free. This is a day to remember, this is why it is called, Memorial Day.
As I stood up to preach yesterday, I was reminded of the areas in our world where they cannot freely stand up and preach the Bible. There are areas in our world where the Bible is banned, and people will die today because of their love for it. My heart aches for those areas of the world. Sadly, there are people in our country who would gladly ban the Bible, and they may be successful if not for men who are willing to lay down their lives for this freedom. God raise up more men who are willing to be brave, and lay down their lives for the Bible! Let us remember those who have laid down there lives, so that we can enjoy God’s Word.
Regardless of your political position, or dissatisfaction with our government, we have so much to be grateful for. Let us all take a break from our pettiness today, and make sure the hills we are fighting on, are worth dying for. And if we are not engaged in the fight, let us climb a hill that the Lord leads us, and be willing to die on it. Because today is a day to remember men who died on real hills.
God ordained that blood would be shed, in order for us to have this freedom in our country today. He has also ordained this day for us to remember that freedom came at a bloody price. Do not forget that there were born-again Christians on those battlefields, who understood that they were fighting for freedoms such as the Bible. They went to the grave for their strong Christian convictions, and we should honor men such as these.
“So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.” – Philippians 2:29-30
As we remember, let us reflect on the path Christianity has taken throughout church history. Matt Chandler said, “Christianity was built on the blood of men, not the prosperity.” Our history as the church has been a bloody, sacrificial, difficult, suffering road. Let us remember the persevering Sprit of the Saints, who endured to the very end, gave their lives on the battlefield, so that we could stand up each Sunday, and preach the Bible. So that we could gather and pray. So that we can raise our children in the fear of the Lord. So that we can be Christians, unapologetically.
As we remember, let us reflect on the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let every death of a soldier be a reflection of the great sacrifice of our Lord. Let every remembrance of soldiers serve to remind us of our General. Who died so that we may truly live. Who died so that we can truly be free. Who died so that every fallen soldier, will stand again one day. Those who have trusted Christ will stand in glory for all of eternity. Jesus died so that we could live, so that we could rise, and so that they could rise. As we remember, let us remember Him.
So, that is my call to everyone who reads this today. Let this day truly be a Memorial Day. Where we remember the blood of soldiers, shed for our physical freedom. Where we remember the blood of the saints, shed for our church freedoms. And where the perfect sinless blood of Jesus was shed, so that He Himself could be our righteousness. Let this truly be a Memorial Day.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13