TRUTH: Memorial Day


Memorial Day has been instituted in the United States of America to remember and honor those who have served this country. According to usmemorialday.org, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in serMemorial Day - A Sacrificevice of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

 

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Most people do not have a problem memorializing service men and women for their sacrifice. I have had a father, brother, cousins, friends and students who have served in one branch of the U.S. Military service. Let me be clear: I am not minimizing, disrespecting or devaluing their sacrifice. What I am doing is calling attention to TRUTH: Memorial Day.

As already stated, a memorial is something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc.,as a monument or a holiday; thus, TRUTH: Memorial Day is my effort to provide clarity to and in contrast with the quote in the image here. One’s life is considered the ultimate sacrifice. Our Memorial Day only recognizes those who have lost their lives in service to the United States, but there is one who has sacrficed His life for those of every people group on the face of the earth – Jesus Christ. 

TRUTH: Memorial Day is my attempt to redirect our thoughts of honor to where they should ultimately end – with Almighty God. No matter the victory of our wars, they were all given by Almighty God. The greatest battle has been fought and won by Jesus. The battle of providing eternal life to those who TRUST in Him as Savior and Lord. Listen to the Apostle Paul as he wrote to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 15):

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the deadwill be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

It is through Jesus Christ that God offers eternal life to mankind. Jesus’ defeat of sin and satan guarantees anyone who TRUSTS in Jesus as Savior and Lord life eternal with God. Now, that is something that truly needs to me memorialized.

God has long called for Memorials (zikrown) a reminder and/or a remembrance. We see that in the following verses.
Exodus 3:15                Exodus 12:14
Exodus 17:14              Exodus 28:12
Exodus 30:16              Leviticus 2:2
Leviticus 5:12             Leviticus 24:7
Numbers 5:15             Joshua 4:7
Isaiah 55:13                 Isaiah 56:5
Acts 10:4

The reality of TRUTH: Memorial Day is that every day we should be reminded or remember what Almighty God has done for us through the Lord Jesus Christ. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemptionHebrews 9:12 It is clear that without Jesus man does not have the opportunity to be redeemed.

TRUTH: Memorial Day is rooted in the fact that God has always served and sacrificed for us. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2TRUTH: Memorial Day

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