By Paul Parisi 5-29-2023
Today we solemnly celebrate Memorial Day – a day to pay tribute to those who have given their lives defending our great nation.
Memorial Day originated after the Civil War as Decoration Day. In 1971, Decoration Day was officially changed to Memorial Day and declared a national holiday by an act of Congress. Over 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives in battle since we became a nation. The cost of freedom has not been cheap.
The United States of America is founded on Godly principles. In our Declaration of Independence we recognize, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” As a nation, we have always believed these, and many other time-tested truths, are worth fighting for.
The US Constitution enshrines the rights given to us by God. It’s the government’s job to protect those rights. Not all the attacks on America are on the battlefield. When our elected representatives take their oath of office, they solemnly swore to “defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Many of today’s enemies are domestic ideologies that seek to replace God with government. When you replace God with government, our rights then come from government and it’s the government that can take those rights away. When the government does that, we have tyranny and “we the people” are no longer the ruling authority. Ultimately God is sovereign.
By protecting and defending the US Constitution, we ensure that those who have given their lives for our country have not died in vain. As biblical citizens, there are times we are called to defend our nation as soldiers on the battlefield with weapons of war. At all times our duty to protect freedom and liberty is with God’s truth and justice.
As we bow our heads in remembrance for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, let us vow to stand tall for the freedom they so valiantly fought and died for.