Remembering Those Who Served
Have you ever thought about whether or not you’re a patriot? Let me ask you this: how do you REALLY feel about our country? How do we celebrate living in a land that’s diverse ethnically, culturally, religiously, economically, and of course, politically. How can we feel love and devotion for our United States of America when we don’t agree with everything happening in our nation.
Well, let me just remind us that being patriotic and loving our country doesn’t mean unconditional support for every government policy and behavior. And that’s ok. How boring would it be if we all thought alike, looked alike and behaved the same? I can’t talk about patriotism without mentioning the way I was brought up. My dad, who served in World War II and the Korean War, taught me to love my country. He helped me understand that every time the polls opened, I had a responsibility to vote. He taught me that freedom in our country was bought at a precious price.
Men and women throughout the years fought for and often lost their lives so that we could worship who, when and where we choose; we have the freedom to speak and write without fear of reprisal when we disagree with government officials; we can assemble peaceably when we have a cause we’re passionate about without being arrested or punished. So many freedoms. Yet how many times do we take for granted all that we have? Yes, I am unashamed to say I love my country. Do I agree with everything? Do my people always get voted into office? No. Is there a better place to live in our world than the United States of America? I seriously doubt it. But because we live in a flawed, sinful world, we are called by God to pray for our country.
One of my favorite verses in Scripture is 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” What a great promise! Our land, our great country, can be healed if we will pray. Whether you’re patriotic or not, hopefully you are, we can all at least pray. And be thankful to God for our great United States of America.