I want to say a word of thanks to every American Veteran. Regardless of your religious position, your political position or your position in life, you deserve this nation's gratitude. We salute you. When we see you in public, we give our word of thanks. There has been much precious blood shed for freedom. I give a list of the deaths in major US wars: American Revolution 25,324; War of 1812 2,260; Mexican War 13,283; Civil War total 863,153; Spanish-American War 2,446; World War I 116,516; World War II 405,399; Korean War 54,246; Vietnam War 56,244.
All wars have an underlying reason, real or imagined...A CAUSE! In our time, the two greatest opposing causes are Freedom and bondage. America has always fought and died for freedom, even the freedom other nations. The Bible records wars throughout time. In 1 Sam. 17, Israel is defied by Goliath and his army. No one is standing up against him, including Saul and his armies. A young man named David sees the problem, knows the power of God and challenges those around with the question: "Is there not a cause?" For that he is ridiculed. He gives defense and finally stands before the giant with 5 smooth stones and the power of God. He prevails and the war is won. For those of us who are Christian, there is a cause. We must stand for the things of God in these last days. For us as Americans, there is a cause. We must stand with and for those who are freedom loving people. There are three basic causes that we cannot ignore.
- The cause of Freedom. Had it not been for those who have fought in our wars, we would not be a free people today. Freedom is not a luxury bought with money. It is a blessing bought with blood.
- The cause of Family. The fact that you can move about freely and make choices concerning family is owed to those who paid with their blood. You and I have freedom of choice when it comes to where we live, where we work, where we worship and how we raise our families. This is a basic freedom of our free society that is not found in all the world.
- The cause of the Future. The battles we are not willing to fight today will determine the blessings or lack thereof we have in the future. Will your children live in a free land? Will they be forced to submit to totalitarian rule? While we cannot be the protector and overseer of the world, it is now apparent that we have a vested interest in the freedoms of other nations.
I leave you with 1 Tim. 2:1-2 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty." May we live in such a way that God can Bless America!