This Memorial Day Weekend, we will celebrate our proud men and women in uniform and their sacrifices given for their neighbor, for you and me and for the world.
There is a line in the Battle Hymn of the Republic that really touches me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.
On Memorial Day Weekend, we celebrate America and we are proud of our Country.
Yet first, we are Christians.
What this means in practice, is that even though our country may be at war, with groups across the world and we defend our country against all enemies. As Christians, we love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Our neighbors include those from every race, language and country, even those that are from countries that are fighting against our country. It’s hard to separate the two in our heads but one thing that we can do to be Christian in this, is pray
Especially this weekend, pray for our enemies, pray for those that hurt others, pray for all of our men and women in uniform, pray for those that are different from us and come from different countries, pray for our own hearts to be open to the needs of those around the world and next door to us, pray for the World that God loved so much that He gave His one and only son for. Pray for all people according to their need for the love of God in Jesus to change hearts and minds. Even our hearts and minds.