Memorial Day

Some will spend it on the lake; some will spend it with friends and family; some will go to a parade; some will visit a grave site; some will have a cook-out; some will work around the house; some will take the day to relax.  How will you spend Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was established to remember our service men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.  The epitaph for the Unknown Soldier reads:

“To save your world, you asked this man to die:

Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?”

In speaking of our war veterans it is often and correctly stated, “All gave some and some gave all.”  It is these who gave all that we salute on this day of remembrance.  These men and women sacrificed their lives so that we could live on.  These men and women gave up their freedoms so that we could enjoy liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  These men and women faced the horrors of war so that we could experience the beauties of peace.  These men and women gave all so that all would not have to.

The apostle Paul penned these words: Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (Romans 10:1-3).

There is not a law that demands certain actions of Americans on Memorial Day.  There is not a statute that decrees a particular celebration of Memorial Day.  There is not an edict which limits activities on Memorial Day.  But, God has given laws, statutes and precepts which demand and command a certain life style to be lived by His children.  God has given commands to be obeyed concerning our service unto Him.  God has given His word to be followed in worship unto Him.

It is sin to make laws where God has not, as it is sin to not obey the laws given by God.  Let us ensure that we give liberty where God gives liberty and obedience where God demands obedience.




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