Remembrance Day is a universal observance that transcends all colors, cultures and faiths. And yet, I think it’s one of the most important Christian holidays of the year.
I invite you to take time today to remember the men and women who died defending our freedom, and the tremendous sacrifice they made so we wouldn’t have to. I also urge you to remember the men and women who killed defending our freedom, and the sacrifice they made so we wouldn’t have to. (Sometimes that second reminder is tougher for me to wrestle with than the first.)
War makes God’s children do abominable things to each other (and themselves), doesn’t it? As William T. Sherman famously said, ‘War is hell.’ And yet we continue to wage it.
I can’t think of more conclusive evidence that God’s Creation has been corrupted and perverted.
When we consider war, it is very tempting for us to fixate on the hideousness of the world; the atrocity of where Man’s sinful nature has taken this planet – and to become a little despondent about it all.
This world is undeniably broken, and all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men are not up to task of putting it together again. Humanity is just too petty. Even if our collective human spirit were willing (and that’s a big ‘if’), our flesh is too weak.
That’s why, for me, Remembrance Day is a religious holiday.
It’s a poignant reminder that while sin has overrun the world, we are invited to put our trust in the One who has overcome the world.
It is essential that we continue to remember the sacrifices of our soldiers. We must vigilantly strive to learn from our history, so we are not doomed to repeat it (as often).
Meanwhile, though, we can lean on God and trust that He is in the process of making things right. And as we do that and increasingly make His will our will, we can even participate in that redemption!
We don’t have to be disheartened by the ugliness of the wars of man, if we choose to put our hope and trust in the God of Peace.
Peace be with you.