Thank You Veterans

November 11 is the day designated as Veterans Day. To each of you who so faithfully served our country – Thank You. You served as protectors and guardians of our persons, properties and principles. For your service all United States citizens are indebted to you.

There are countries and factions who despise America and desire her destruction. There are beliefs which stand in contradiction to the fundamental foundations upon which America was established. There are ideas which oppose the basis which made America the leader of freedom around the world. There are concepts, if given their ways, would eradicate liberty as proposed in the constitution of the United States of America. Our veterans fight against these forces and defend us from their destructive agendas.

The basic definition of veteran is: a person who has had a long service or experience in a particular occupation or field. This term is not assigned only to the military but any and all fields of servitude. The greatest arena of service is in the church and the most wonderful veterans are those servants of the Lord.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour (Romans 13:7). Notice these words: “render”, to repay; “dues”, indebtedness; “honour”, a value. We owe a debt to our military veterans and owe a greater debt to our church veterans.

We have elders now and in the past who have given their lives to lead us to Heaven. We have deacons now and in the past who have given their lives in their

works to encourage us on the path of righteousness. We have Bible class teachers now and in the past who have given their lives to instruct us more perfectly. We have brothers and sisters in Christ now and in the past who have given their lives to walk hand in hand with us through the trials of life.

Let us thank God for our veterans but let us make sure we thank our veterans.