This Sunday, my church has the privilege of hosting our community’s Veteran’s day service. For me, it is a great honor to be able to speak both for our community and as a representative of Jesus to these great men and women who have served our country so faithfully.
My Veteran’s Day Message – Greater Love Has No Man
The text for my message comes from Jesus Himself. It is found in John’s gospel chapter 15.
New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
This quote from Jesus has been used many times when speaking of our military and our veterans. To give your life in service of another is the greatest sign of love that any person can give. When a veteran signs up for military service they know that they may be called upon at any time to go defend and protect their friends and neighbors from any threats to this country.
When Jesus made this statement, He was talking about upcoming sacrifice on the cross. He was willingly laying His life down for the greater good of His friends and the greater good of all mankind.
When I think about all that our veterans have done for us over the years, I am extremely humbled. Their willingness to serve in the midst of extreme danger is not something to be taken lightly. They deserve our utmost respect. They also willingly laid down their lives for the greater good of us. In this they have followed the example of Jesus.
A Message To Our Veterans
Once again our nation is threatened. The threat does not come from outside forces but from forces from within. Our culture, way of life, and values are all at risk. The fourth President of the United States, James Madison said this.
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – Fourth President of the United States & founding Father – James Madison
and Harry S. Truman is quoted to have said,
“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.” – Harry S. Truman
Our nation was founded upon certain principles that are found in the Bible. Just like the principle of laying down your life for your friends is found in the Bible, our personal liberties and freedoms, our constitutional rights come from principles in the Bible.
Today, the Bible, Christianity, and the whole foundation of our nations existence are under attack by those that would replace those foundations with a relative morality and foundation that changes with the whims of those enforcing them.
A Spiritual Call To Arms
My fellow Americans, we have another battle to fight, another enemy to vanquish. However today it is not a call to take up guns, but it is a call to take up words, ideas, and actions. It is time for all of us, veterans or not, to speak up, stand up, and fight for the very soul of this nation. However it will not be done with acts of violence, but instead acts of love, acts of sacrifice, and acts of giving.
Just as Jesus gave His life for the lives of all of us, we need to take up His example and lay down our lives for our friends, family, community and nation. We need to gently speak the truth in love. Fight the revisionist history and those that would remove faith from the public discourse. We need to take up one more cause. We need to once again bring Jesus back into our culture.
This article was first published on my website Taber's Truths