Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to defend their families and nation. There are always liberal voices of protest that rise up at the mere mention of soldiers and the military but God is for both. Christianity is about righteousness, peace and joy Romans 14:17. Christianity does not advocate murder or violence. No true Christian promotes violence or desires to see war but we are peacemakers not pacifists Matthew 5:9. Pacifism is not a Christian doctrine, though there are some sects of Christianity that claim it is. Its premise is that man is fundamentally good. They only believe in peaceful resistance and no use of force. It chooses appeasement of evil for peace. If only man would begin to put down his weapons, others would follow suit. This is idealistic but not realistic – it is humanistic thoughts, theories, and ideas. The elements of humanism are pervasive in our institutions and culture as well as in the Church.
All knowledge must have a basis in God the Creator of all good things. Knowledge disconnected from its foundation in God becomes foolishness Psalm 14:1; Corinthians 1:19-21. Psalm 111.10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….” We need a spiritual world and view of mankind. We live in a cursed creation (fallen world) Romans 8:19-20 where there is evil and where there is a devil (a fallen angel) Revelation 12:7-12. Apart from God man is a sinner and not at all good (fallen man) Ephesians 2:1-3. Government has been given forcible means to preserve society, keep laws and order, and prevent greater evil Romans 13:1-8. Effective military defense is necessary to restrain evil and to protect good Romans 13:4.The day will come when the sword will be beaten into plowshares Isaiah 2:4, but not before the Prince of Peace, Jesus, returns but until then there will continue to be wars, nations rising against nations, and kingdom against kingdom Matthew 24:6,7. There will be no pacifism when Jesus defeats the antichrist’s military forces at Armageddon Revelation 16:14, 15; 19:17-21.
We must have a clear view of man himself, the world we live in, and the devil so we can conscientiously support our government. As I have often visited Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. I am reminded as well as forever grateful for the freedom I enjoy as an American but I realize that freedom was not free. It has been purchased and defended by the soldier throughout our history as a nation and I will honor their sacrifice every day but especially on Memorial Day. God bless America.