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Th'ot for Thursday

November 8, 2018

As we come upon another opportunity to honor those who’ve served in & some fallen in their service in protecting America, I am compelled to take a moment & encourage you to go the extra step to do so, not only on Veterans Day this year, but throughout the year when you see a veteran out in your normal daily activities.

 

War, fighting & the destruction that comes in the arena of war… has been a much-discussed topic of mankind, let alone in the church for many years. And, understandably so when you consider all the destruction that comes with it… both to countries, cities & mankind itself.

 

We have seen so many situations of war in the past, in which if America would not have gotten involved… the results would have been sorely different, by most intensive purposes. Imagine Germany’s unchecked & destructive power if Winston Churchill hadn’t determined that England would do all they needed to stand up against Adolf Hitler. Imagine if the young men & women of America’s U.S. military… as well as the men & women back home who supported the war effort, had not come to England & France’s aid.    I know you may have some issues with these thot’s… but please be patient & read on.

 

Now, it is important to consider & look at verses like Psalm 11:5… “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.” (NIV)   James 1:19&20…“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (NIV)    It is clear in scriptures… that the Lord “hates” those who are bent on violence & destruction steered towards others. He despises their pride & arrogance as they destroy for their own desires, plunder & power.  So, I ponder… “If war was not an “option” for nations & armies of nations – how would the individuals and/or nations of violence & destruction be stopped?

 

One important fact to realize… is that these are not GOD’s wars. The wars of our past & future - are wars of man. Wars that have been started either in order to gain power thru evil & violence – or to arrest the spreading of evil & violence. I don’t believe GOD has a side that HE “cheers on”. Yes, HE loves those that pursue & protect righteousness… but HE disdains evil & violence that comes with the war(s).

 

Ecclesiastes 3:8 tells us that there is… “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”  If the evil in this world, and all those who look to oppress, destroy & kill will ever be stopped at all… then there is a time for those who value righteousness & fairness to stand up & do what they can to stop the evil & those carrying out the evil.

 

Yes, there are many verses talking of peace & a time when all will be in harmony. But those verses can… & at times are used out of “timing”. These passages speak of a time when Jesus reigns… a time when His eternal kingdom is set in place. They are passages regarding times in this broken, sinful world. So as we continue to be “light” to this dark world, as followers of the eternal VICTOR- we are still here in this world.

 

So, this week… “I want to thank & honor you who have served our country through your sacrifice, your hard work & grit. I honor your dedication & love for your country & her people!”

 

And for those who gave their very life, or are no longer living… I am ever thankful.”

 

I understand the many different thot’s on Americas responsibility of freedom here & around the world. I know that some do not agree with serving in the military, as well as some who may not agree with some or much of what I have shared. And that is ok. I do not have a problem or issue with this. All thot’s are welcome… all thot’s are personal. But together… we can at least appreciate those who gave their time, lives & efforts in protecting our individual lives, freedoms & thot’s -- as well as those who currently serve today.

 

America has never, nor will ever be perfect. But in the course of history… she has been a beacon of hope to the world, a rescuer to many nations & a haven of opportunity.  May we never lose our dedication to her & her values… as well as to those who stand to defend her.

 

Thankful…

 

Pastor Brad