John 15:13~ Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Memorial Day is a time of solemn recognition, remembering all who have given their lives to secure our freedom. The sentiment believed and lived out on the battlefields of history was put into words with emphatic conviction by the United States President, John F. Kennedy, in his 1961 inaugural address: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
Just a few years later, in 1970, my husband, Ken, escaped the draft for the Vietnam War by just two numbers …they closed the draft at number 149 and Ken’s number was 151. There were many others who escaped the draft intentionally – when their numbers came up, they conveniently disappeared, dodging the draft, seeking refuge in Canada.
We might judge those who throughout history, from different countries, avoided being drafted into the battles of their generation, battles fought to protect life and liberty. If only our eyes could be opened, and we could see what God’s sees, exalted and lifted up above the earth. What battles has God been calling us to fight? Are we modern “draft-dodgers?”
In Ephesians 6:12 the perspective of heaven is powerfully and poignantly pctured: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The One who paid the ultimate price, who gave up His life on Calvary’s cross, is challenging us to take up arms. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11
Are you and I willing to give our all to fight for the freedom for which Christ has set us free? Accept the call!
Be Strong & Courageous,