Howdy! I know that this post is a day late and a dollar short (or in light of the Fed’s recent actions, maybe 86¢ short?) given that yesterday was Veterans Day, but I wanted to say a few things, anyway.
I hope we appreciate Veterans Day. It may seem awkward to some of us in the Church of God, but it doesn’t need to be. True, we do not fight in war or battle, just like we don’t participate in politics, etc. We understand that we’ve been called out of such things into a different way of life and to a different purpose. We recognize that the only true hope for America — and for all mankind — is national repentance and the return of Jesus Christ.
At the same time, we generally do not relate to the “pacifist” movements around us (as I discuss in more detail in this old post). Many of them are opposed to war without recognizing the only true alternative: a deep and abiding trust in God as the Protector and Preserver of one’s nation. Consequently, when one of them claims ignorantly that “Jesus was a pacifist” it irritates me, since He is quite willing and able to make war (Rev. 19:11) — and He will do so in the days just ahead of us. But as I’ve written before, “[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.” Force of arms will always be with us until a Greater Power intervenes and all other kingdoms must yield to His.
In light of that, there is every reason we should be thankful for those who make sacrifices, even the ultimate sacrifice, defending our nation. Too often used as a puppet, pawn and guinea pig by politicians, the American soldier has been one of the vehicles through which God has helped make this nation all it has been over the last 200 years. Though certainly not all of them volunteer for duty for the best of reasons, many soldiers volunteer to serve in the armed forces out of a love for their nation and its people and a desire to serve that nation and people. Yesterday, my family and I watched a few TV specials about World War II and Patton’s drive through Germany. The character and heroism of many of those men serving under Patton is something I want my children to gratefully appreciate, even as they pray for the day when character need not forged in such merciless crucibles.
I long for a day when all who do not know the truth will understand. But if my nation will not humbly repent in its heart, then I will be thankful it is at least carnally strong in its arms — however soon it may be that the utility of such strength finds its limits. And I will be thankful, too, for those who choose to serve their nation in that way. I hope we can all be thankful.