.This Monday is Memorial Day in the USA. On Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who have died serving to defend our freedom in the military. It is a sober reminder that we enjoy the liberty we have because of those who have fought and died to secure and preserve that freedom. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
Paul in speaking of a believer’s relationship with civic authorities told the Romans, “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” Romans 13:7 ESV I cannot think of any who deserve our honor and respect more than those who willingly laid down their lives for us.
We have an obligation to remember and honor them. This used to go without saying, but as the decades went by the attitude of many has changed. As believers, we must honor their sacrifice. We are blessed to live in a nation which was established to allow us to control the government. We elect representatives to decide on matters which impact all of us. Our military serves to protect and defend our freedoms for enemies foreign and domestic. Honoring their office and service does not imply we agree with all actions our government takes, but it means we respect their service.
One great way to honor them is to pray for those in active service and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate price for our liberty. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 says, “Therefore I]exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,”
Remember the fallen and pray for those still standing on watch for us.