Veterans Day in America is humbling.
Consider the hundreds of thousands of lives sacrificed to give birth to this nation and to keep her free. Each one of them sons and daughters, dads and moms, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Humbling.
Consider the hundreds of thousands of living veterans. They are in our churches, neighborhoods, businesses and schools. They greet us at Wal-Mart. They cook our meals. They drive our cabs, or trains, or buses. They build our homes and cities. They keep our roads repaired. They build our infrastructure. They teach. They preach. They mentor. They lead businesses. They often are quite silent about their time in the military. They aren’t looking for fame or fortune or attention (a few current SEALS excepted). They are silent heroes. Humbling.
Our nation faces some imminent threats. I am not convinced we can or will withstand them in the long-run. But I pray God’s grace continues to be shed on us. May our Founders’ pledge of their lives, fortunes and sacred honor not be in vain!
The great need of America, however, is not to be found in political halls or on Mid-East battlefields.
Our great need is revival of God’s men by the Holy Spirit. We need warriors for Christ to rise up and reclaim our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our churches for God’s glory in the gospel of Christ. We need warriors who will fight sin, addictions to gaming or gambling or drugs or perversions of any kind. We need warrior-men in Jesus who will once again wash their wives in the Word. We need warrior-men to model pursuit of holiness for our children. We need men who know the enemy well – Satan and their own sinful hearts. We need men who know the Savior even better; for He is the Sovereign Warrior-Redeemer-King.
God give us men. And may future generations of Christians look back on their manly sacrifices and be able to celebrate their own brand of Veterans Day. Veterans of the War against sin and filth and deception and irresponsibility and false doctrine and feminism and warped gospel. This is always a war worth fighting! Rise up O Men of God!
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. My loving kindness and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge (Psalm 144:1-2).
Train us O God! Make us Your veterans. Amen.