Today is a day in which many of us honor brave men and women who have sacrificed and served in the militaries of our respective nations. In the United States we refer to it as Veterans Day; in Canada it is Remembrance Day; in many allied nations it is celebrated as Armistice Day. There are some subtle differences in the outlook and commemoration of the holiday, but in every case, the purpose is to honor and bless those who have been willing to place their lives on the line to stand against tyranny and fight for freedom.
Some would say that it is ironic or hypocritical to take up arms and perform violence against other people in the cause of “peace.” They note that Jesus Himself told us to “turn the other cheek” and warned that “those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” I believe there is a difference, however, between pacifism and intentional, courageous peacemaking in obedience to the cause and commandment of Christ. It is a complex issue, and is not the purpose of this post.
So, to men and women in all the nations, who have served in any capacity, we bless and honor you today. We pray the blessings of the Lord upon you and your families. We pray comfort for all who have suffered loss. We ask for the mercy of God to reach you even as we honor you.
We long for the day when all creation will bow before the Prince of Peace and we are able to worship beside the river of the water of life that flows from His throne. We will see the tree of life that bears pure fruit and produces leaves for the healing of the nations; we will rejoice that there is no longer any curse (Revelation 22:1-3).
That glorious time will surely come. But until it does, on this side of eternity there will continue to be brave ones who boldly stand against wicked aggression. To all of you, as grateful people who live in freedom, we say thank you and bless you!