Memorial Day

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I always cry on Memorial Day. I can’t help it. I see the flag raise. The uniforms flash by on men who have served. They have watched friend die on the battle field. Others sacrificed by being career military. Today, during service, after we recited the pledge together, I overheard a child whisper to her mother, “we say that every day at school!”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  These words so close to the hearts of all true patriots, begin the second paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence.  But, we must not attribute their origins solely to Thomas Jefferson, for these words of Wawrayniec Goslicki, a Polish Philosopher whose writings were to be found in Jefferson’s library.”  – Carl L. Bucki

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Poles, brothers in the pursuit of freedom struggled for independence from Prussia, Russia and Austria.  Not only did we share ideals, we shared heroes as well.

Tadusz Kosiuzko was a hero of the American War of Independence, a 

cadet of the Military Adcademy in Warsaw and a nomination for colonel 

in the American army in 1776.  Filled with hope for a free Poland, 

Kosiuzko returned to Poland to fight for freedom again.  In 1794, he led 

an armed rebellion that failed against Russia’s stronger and more 

organized troops. (Have to throw some Polish history in!)

 

All men are created equal. American Troops all over the world fight for this self-evident truth. Not all win. I am thankful for our country and those who have sacrificed for our freedoms, from the Puritans to the revolutionaries. We believe that we are special, unique. loved by the Creator and created to do good works. Our country is unique in that way. WE believe. Yes, some say we are in a post-Christian nation. This may be true, but there are a lot of ‘we believers’ in the foundation of this country. Think of the foundations of leadership in other countries, Czars, Caesars, Pharaohs, Tyrants, Kings with self-worship in mind. Countries that were founded on backs of the people for the benefit of the rulers do not have the foundational belief that all are equal.

Headlines today are scary: Syrian army, allied militia gain ground against ISIS,  Islamic State claims Responsibility for Egypt Attack, Armed Police Guarding FA Cup final after Manchester Bomb. 

 I do not worship my country, I worship God, but history tells us what God can do with leaders in the most heathen and pagan countries. Pharaoh’s heart was turned. Nebuchadnezzar turned and worshiped the Lord. When his heart turned towards himself, God turned him into a animal-like creature. When Saul persecuted the early Christians, Jesus met him on the road to Damascus and gave him new spiritual eyes. He went on the spread the Gospel and write two-thirds of the new Testament. After Saul’s conversion, Acts reports:

 “So the church throughout the whole of Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and was edified [growing in wisdom, virtue and piety] and walking in the respect and reverential fear of the Lord and in the consolation and exhortation of the Holy Spirit, continued to increase and was multiplied.” Acts 9:31

 What truths are self-evident to us? Are we praying for our leaders and in countries all over the world because we believe He can change them? Do we believe He is big enough? Do we pray for our military because we believe their sacrifices were worth it? What they are fighting for is genuine? God can grow His church because of or in spite of the current administration as long as we humble ourselves and pray with authority and believe. He can overthrow kings, calm the weather, bring the warriors home, shut the mouth of lions, raise the dead, part the sea, raise the dead dry bones. Are we believing that God can grow the church despite the current government and culture?

 

“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave,and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land”- II  Chronicles 2:14

For all those in the armed forces and those who sacrificed their lives- Thank YOU!

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