Memorial Day: The High Cost of Forgetting
Memorial Day, first called Decoration Day, began as a response to the carnage of the Civil War. After the war ended in the spring of 1865, Americans began holding springtime tributes by reciting prayers and decorating with flowers the graves of countless fallen soldiers. It was a way to remember those who had given, as President Abraham Lincoln beautifully said, “the last full measure of devotion” to defend their nation.
Three years later, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued an order to set aside a unique day for Americans to place flowers on the graves of war heroes, and on May 30 of that same year, the first Decoration Day was held at Arlington Cemetery.
After World War I, this special day was amended to include all men and women from our armed forces who gave their lives serving our nation. The name “Memorial Day” became more common and in 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.
If we do not intentionally remember, then we will forget. If we do not preserve the memory of what once was, we lose meaning, the lessons learned and the victories won.
For example, a recent survey revealed that a shocking number of Millennials and Generation Z do not have adequate knowledge of the Holocaust. When we fail to remember the tragedies, victories, and sacrifices of those who have gone before us, we not only do a gross disservice to their legacies, but we also set ourselves up for compounded failure and even deeper, devastating tragedy.
In the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We forget at our own peril.
There is an important biblical principle to train our children in the importance of remembering. Jews and Christians understand the crucial importance of remembering in a unique way. They are “memorial people” because the whole of their faith depends upon remembering.
From the stones at the waters of the Jordan to Passover and continuing throughout the Bible, God sets up memorials. For Christians, the greatest memorial to mark our freedom in Christ is the Lord’s Supper. Every time we participate in communion, we hear Jesus’ words, " “Do this in remembrance of me.”
I believe God’s call to remember is more for our future than it is for our past. And the future of the United States depends in large part on how well we collectively remember and cherish what liberty really is – God's hand of blessing upon us and freedom from the terror of tyranny. There is a high cost to forgetting.
On this Memorial Day, I pray that as you take time to remember the valor of those who have given their lives in service to our nation, you would also remember the goodness of God in your own life and his many blessings upon our nation. I pray this would cause you to cherish your liberty in the United States, and more importantly in Christ, and this would give you boldness and hope for the future.
Apostle John writes, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). May God bless you and these United States of America. But more importantly, may God bless and comfort the loved ones of the brave men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion to this great nation.
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As Allen West said, if we don't remember the past, we will repeat it in the future, and not learn from it.. So it is with the Protestant churches of America. They have forgotten their past, how they came about by fleeing the persecution of 50 million Christians by the Catholic church during the Dark Ages.. Now these protestant churches are re-uniting with the Catholic church, (Beast of Daniel 7, 8, and Revelation 13, 17).. The protestant churches are now apostate protestant churches, as they fornicate with the Catholic church and the Pope, seeking to heal it's deadly wound of 1798, and restore it to worldwide persecuting power. Rev. 14:9-12 tells us that God will punish those who don't keep the commandments of God, mainly the 4th commandment breakers, who will worship the beast on Sunday, the day of pagan Sun Worship.. God says that history will repeat itself, and that there is nothing new under the sun. What has been, shall be.. As in Daniel 3, the people were forced to bow down to a golden image, and in these last days, the people will be forced to worship a beast power on Sunday.. But as with Daniel and the 3 Hebrew boys, God's people will have to make a choice as to who they will worship and obey, or suffer persecution.. See Rev. 12:17, Rev. 13:15-17, Rev. 14:12, Rev. 20:4, Rev. 22:14.. Those who keep all 10 commandments will be saved, those who break the 4th commandment, will suffer death, never to exist again..
Wake up Protestants, for Satan has deceived you into unknowingly breaking God's 4th Commandment..