In Order To
This week's focus: Liberty and Freedom
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Looking at the common theme running from the foundation of our country’s independence to today, the mission is the same now as it was then. Those three words 'In order to' stand out as a call to action, and our divine purpose.
Our forefather’s mission was clear: 'in order to form a more perfect Union…' Specifically, we look at the belief in 'providing for the common defense and securing the blessings of liberty.'
For our military, the defense of this nation has always started with 'in order to.' Every operation and every mission has a very specific objective. We fight and engage the enemy when needed in order to: deny, delay, defend, and defeat.
This Memorial Day we recognize the role and sacrifice of our men and women in the military who serve and have served this great nation in order to 'provide for the common defense.' We also recognize and give thanks to God, in order to 'secure the blessings of liberty.'
As Christians, we look to our ultimate Commander-in-Chief, Jesus. He set out with purpose and intention. His entire ministry is a choreograph of 'in order to' sequences & maneuvers.
For example, in Luke 19:10 Jesus states his ultimate objective: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” In other words, Jesus came to earth in order to find and save mankind from sin. That is an amazing long-term objective: our eternity!
Additionally, in John 10:10, Jesus states a wonderful short-term objective for us while we are still on earth, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus was not only concerned with our eternity but also how our time on earth would be spent. Jesus came in order to ensure we would thrive on earth, not just survive.
These objectives (one long-term and one short-term) encapsulate a mindset and strategy that is good news for us indeed! Thinking like a military tactician, Jesus set out to challenge the devil with this two-pronged attack and take back what mankind had given up so long ago in the garden. 1 John 3:8, clearly states: “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”
Americans set Memorial Day aside as a time of reflection, appreciation, and remembrance. We remember and honor our fallen so their sacrifice will not have been in vain. We remember in order to secure our great nation and our way of life.
Likewise, as Christians, we remember, honor, and value the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross to secure our eternal destiny and our purpose for living here on earth. We remember His sacrifice that was given in order to secure eternal life for those that call out to Him and recognize Him as Savior.
Our forefathers set out to create a more perfect Union. As followers of Christ, may we be as intentional as they were to maintain and defend that Union. In His strength, may we lead by example in order to motivate, equip, and educate others to get off the sidelines and into the game. Each individual is important and needed to help maintain a more perfect Union.
As a veteran, I am proud and honored to have served our great nation. As a retired veteran, I'm blessed and grateful to have made it through my time in the service relatively intact and in one piece. I have lost friends, classmates, and roommates who, while serving did give their last full measure of duty and devotion to this country. It is for them that Memorial Day was created. There is no easy way to cope with losing them too early. But we do honor their commitment and love of country when we take time to honor their memory. Which, speaking as a veteran is the same as it was for our forefathers; to strive for, and maintain that perfect Union they brilliantly crafted 246 years ago.
To quote Ronald Reagan, “We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something— for liberty and freedom and fairness—and these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.”
By: LCDR Jason McAlister
"Mac" served in the United States Marine Corps for 15 years, and another 8 years in the United States Navy. He began as an enlisted Marine in Special Operations. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he was commissioned as an Officer and flew AV-8B Harriers(VMA-214). He completed an inner service transfer to the Navy Reserves and flew T-45 Goshawks as a flight instructor until he retired in 2012.
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Pray: Father, thank You for the tremendous freedom we enjoy in America. May the examples of those who have given their lives in sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for the families of our fallen troops, that their homes and their lives would be filled with Your strength and peace.
Think: "No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation." — General Douglas MacArthur
Act: Here are just a few ideas for you to honor Memorial Day this year: Place flowers, flags, or wreaths at a local or military cemetery. Attend a Memorial Day parade. Watch a patriotic movie. Fly a flag at your home. Take a moment of silence at 3 p.m., local time, for the National Moment of Remembrance. Take time to pray for our nation.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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