Thankful but thoughful as D-Day anniversary approaches

Preparation for the Missouri pre-teen camp and pastoral end-of-the-week concerns consume me, today, but I did want to post something on the anniversary of D-Day, tomorrow.

The BBC news has posted a news item about “revisionist” comments concerning D-Day and the darker side of the invasion of Normandy.  You can read it here: “Revisionists challenge D-Day story.”

While I do not want to diminish the respect that is certainly due for the sacrifices that were made in that effort to rid the world of an abominable evil, I do think that it is helpful to look at the event in the fullest of perspectives.  Run-of-the-mill pacifists will say that such invasions — and war, in general — are unnecessary, yet they fail to offer real alternatives, seeing how many of them are godless idealists, committed to faulty worldviews that fail to recognize the need for God and the fact of human nature.  Yet, it must also be said that war is generally a matter of unleashing one aspect of carnal human nature against another, neither of which is truly noble, however noble the underlying cause or motivation may be.

I do not believe that the rapes and abuses that are reported to have come from some on the Allied side in this matter are complete inventions or false information, as much as I would like to.  As the infamous Civil War general William T. Sherman is noted to have said in 1880: “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”  And it is more than the blood and violence of the battlefield that makes it so.  Carnality unleashed, for whatever the cause, is a frighteningly horrifying thing to behold.

Also, I do not believe that the atrocities caused by some among the Allies’ forces take away from the Allies’ cause, nor do I think that they should tarnish the sacrifice of the many who selflessly gave of themselves to free Europe and end the reign of one of the most evil men to have walked the earth.  Those who conducted themselves with honor and who willingly laid down their lives to right a terrible wrong deserve our solemn remembrance and our thanks.

Yet the fact of those atrocities should remind all of us that every choice of man in handling his affairs that falls short of submitting to and truly trusting the one true God will involve suffering.  While the world may generally agree that World War II was a war with a righteous cause and can be thankful for its outcome, no one can agree that it was a war free of horrors committed on both sides.  War is, still, war.  And it is “all hell.”  It will continue to plague mankind until the only One who can make war in righteousness (Rev. 19:11) returns to wage the war to truly end all wars (Isaiah 2:4).

May God speed that day.

4 thoughts on “Thankful but thoughful as D-Day anniversary approaches

  1. Brian Maxwell

    So, you deem WW2 a “righteous war”. Are you saying God directly commanded the US to fight? Because a righteous war can only be truly righteous if God tells the nation- go fight. If you think it was a righteous war, what other wars do you think were God-commanded. Iraq? Vietnam? I believe a minister of God should simply stay out of saying what wars are “righteous” with the exception of scripture where it does state God backed certain wars with His nation Israel. Think about it.

  2. OK, Brian — please forgive me if I sound rude in this response, because I don’t mean to be so. But you are obviously a victim of Jeremiah 17:9 if I ever saw one.

    You clearly did not read the post, or if you did then you did not engage your mind while you did so. You merely jumped in with imagined offense at something I did not say. Frankly, when you do this (fairly predictably), you show the rest of us more about yourself than you do anything I have written.

    I did not say that I thought it was a righteous war. Really. Read it again, Brian. Or perhaps have someone read it to you who can also explain to you what it actually says.

    It is possible to appreciate the service of a man or woman in uniform for their attempt to fulfill John 15:13 as they understand it without saying that we should all ignore God’s commands (and John 18:36) and pick up our rifles. (Really, did you even read what I wrote, as opposed to deciding what I was saying ahead of time and then simply going through the motions of moving your eyes across the words while ignoring them?) Even as recently as four or five posts ago, I said, “[U]ntil this nation fully recognizes the need for spiritual freedom and the blood of Jesus Christ, it will pay for its physical freedom with the blood of its sons and daughters.” What is so confusing for you?

    I’m afraid, Brian, that you don’t find offense in my posts. Rather, you bring your offense with you. And that practice is doing you spiritual harm, my friend. I hope you can see that soon.

    Instead of sadly jumping on offenses that exist only in your own mind, why not go back and read my previous post and say something there? Think about it.

  3. A few years ago, I led hymns at church on the anniversary of another key WW2 date — but I seemed to stump the congregation when I mentioned it, and tied the first couple of hymns to it.

    May 8: V-E Day.

    While I see nothing wrong with remembering D Day, let’s not forget God gives victory in the battles of our lives — then and now.

  4. Carnal people wage carnal warfare. That doesn’t excuse crimes and atrocities; that’s just the world we live in. Humankind walked away from God a long time ago. History writes the bitter fruit of that decision.

    No soldier enjoys war (unless something is wrong with him). Until the mid-70s most of them were drafted. Though we now have a volunteer army, most soldiers join the military out of economic need. In both cases they’re thrust into situations not of their own making.

    Furthermore, the UCMJ outlaws crimes and atrocities. Soldiers can and do get imprisoned for it. I would suggest that the Americans have a much better track record than other countries in this regard.

    Still, I look forward to the day of Christ’s return, when all of this mess will end.

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