Memorial Day, D-Day and Flag Day dot the calendars of May and June and they are geared to make us remember the ultimate sacrifices and love of country that helps Main Street remain Main Street.
Ancient societies used aural ceremonies to speak of nationalistic, ethnic and religious pride.
If “repetition is the mother of learning,” then there’s great wisdom in making sure these holidays continue to roll around each year.
Currently, there are few WWII veterans to aurally speak of first-hand accounts. Korean War fighters are also fading away. We’ve even lost many of our Vietnam vets already.
As these great men and women die, one could wonder, “Who will bring us back to remembering the sacrifices made on our behalf?”
When it comes to church, have you ever noticed how more traditional Christian Sunday services emphasize the cross, communion and hymns and more contemporary worship that zero in on Christ’s suffering?
Christ is the ultimate warrior who laid down his life in the biggest battle ever fought.
May it never be that we veer off from the centrality of his sacrifice either in our personal lives or in our corporate worship.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: The tendency to forget will only serve to turn ourselves into our own gods. Oh, how we need Our Savior.
In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross…
For we must never forget, dear brothers, what happened to our people in the wilderness long ago…So be careful. If you are thinking, “Oh, I would never behave like that”—let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin…"This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Colossians 2:15 NLT, 1 Corinthians 10:1,12 NIV, 1 Corinthians 11:24 NIV