I remember when I was in high school, in Pennsylvania, we used to have a Memorial Day parade every year. Initially, I was irritated because I had to spend half of my day off from school to march in the parade with the school band. But in my senior year, I marched with my Boy Scout troop as a senior leader and accompanied a small group of retired veterans. I was honored that day to march along side their car and then later to listen to their war stories. I look back now on that experience as one of my fondest memories.
Christians should all be honoring those who gave their lives for their country. To quote Christ: “… but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”.(Matt 20:26-28)(also 1 John 3:16)
Those military persons who died in service to their country should be remembered and honored for their service, just as we honor Christ for the ransom of His life for our lives. Will you attend a parade this coming Monday? Will you fly a flag in honor of our sacrificed? Will you attend a grave and embellish the marker? Will you thank each and every service person you meet, always? Don’t allow Memorial Day to be just another day off. Recognize it as what it was originally meant to be – A MEMORIAL to those who suffered loss in service to their country.
Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:1-8) Passing judgment is something most of us do in our everyday lives. We must be careful, though, how we do it, for if we simply judge others with no good cause, we may suffer unexpected consequences. (Matt 7:1-5) We should judge unrighteous deeds instead of unrighteous doers and pray for those who do unholy things.
But we do still need to judge for ourselves what is holy and what is unholy, based on the Word, so that we, ourselves, might be righteous. (Rom 1:8-32)
The Bible has numerous passages cautioning us about judgement. I have listed a few more below, which, I think, are rather self-explanatory, once studied with the Spirit of God at the center of our lives.
It has been almost 1 year since I lost my mother. This year will be my first Mother’s Day without her. I miss the nearly nightly phone calls and even though she lived over 1000 miles away, we were able to keep our special mother-son bond. The mother-child bond is something very special. It starts with birth and continues on taking years of mothers’ sacrifice, patience, playing, working – just spending time with their children, to develop. Mothers who don’t spend time with their children don’t have the same bond as those who are more nurturing. They may have a mother-child bond but it is not the same as a nurtured bond.
The same can be said of mothers who teach their children from the Word. The first three commandments speak of glory to God. The fourth, says to honor the mother and the father: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee“. (Exodus 20:12). That’s how important this is – it’s fourth on the list of commandments! This is also the first commandment with a promise. Dictionary.com, in part, defines the noun, honor, as: “highrespect,asforworth,merit,orrank:” and the verb honor thusly: “to worship” and/or “to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of“. Then, to paraphrase, we should obey, respect and love our parents so that we may have longer lives.
Conversely, parents should live their lives as examples to their children, showing them how to live righteous lives in the Light of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 (notice the footnote there)) If your children are not living godly lives, look first in the mirror. Are you setting a godly example for them? (Prov 30:5-16) (Matt 5-7) How else are they supposed to understand a righteous life if not seeing it in the place they spend most of their time? I’m not saying you can’t make mistakes. When you do, though, act on them in a godly way. Again, I ask you: are you acting out a godly life every day in the presence of your children? If not, it’s never too late.