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Martyrs and Civics

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As a former US History teacher, I often find myself amazed at this time of year (and again in July and November) at how little our jargon-saturated patriotic culture understands of our revered national holidays. To recap, just for civics sake:
  • Veteran’s Day (originally Armistice Day) began with the end of WWI. It is our nation’s day to honor the service of men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces.
  • Independence Day (July 4) is the commemoration of the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence from British rule.
  • Memorial Day arose out of the Civil War era and was later made official as a day of solemn remembrance of those men and women who lost their lives in armed conflict in military service.
As a former grade school kid, High School Band member and then Director, I experienced 40+ years of parades and ceremonies and commemorations that oftentimes misunderstood their reasons for existing.
Having made the transition to Pastor, I took note of how deeply the church had often taken on these important national holidays as if they were a kind of worship experience within themselves, as though Jesus could step aside on whatever Sunday morning was closest to any of these commemorations and let us point our Sunday worship toward our national symbols. One church I served had gone so far as to have a person dressed as Lady Liberty standing at the altar as the children paraded forward to lay miniature Old Glories at her feet.
So, having rightly remembered just 2 days ago those who have fallen in the awful conflict that is war for the sake of our country, I want to invite you to make a special effort to be with us this Sunday at 10 am as we consider what it might look like for the Church to remember those who have fallen for an infinitely greater cause, that the name of Christ be known. Come and honor God as we consider the example of some lives lived, lost, and regained in heaven for the sake of Jesus Christ. You will be blessed.
 
YBIC, Kevin