What Would the Fallen Tell Us?

Bunker Hill, Fork McHenry, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, the Argonne Forest, Normandy, Truk, Iwo Jima, Chosin Reservoir, Ia Drang, Fallujah, are just a few of the places where American servicemen have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  We remember those who’ve fallen this weekend.  That’s what Memorial Day is for.

I am convinced, however, that if we could speak with those who have passed into eternity having fallen in battle, they would each one encourage us to be involved in the spiritual warfare of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A strong military effort may free a nation, but only the gospel can free a soul.

The front lines for the gospel are at home, in our conversation, our vocabulary, our relationships with family members, in our pastimes, and in our entertainment.  The front lines are at school, in our respect for teachers and administrators and our relationships with classmates.  Our attitude, language, and wardrobe are all part of our combat equipment. 

The front lines are at our workplaces.  We fight the battle when we show responsibility to employers and respect for coworkers.  Good soldiers go the extra mile here, showing themselves to be loyal, trustworthy, dependable and conscientious.

May God help us remember that we enjoy the present benefits of freedom and prosperity only through the sacrifices of those who’ve fought and died for the welfare of this, our country.  May our memory of them give us the courage and determination to engage our spiritual enemy when and where we find him.

Our fallen countrymen fought a good fight, and because of them, we remain a free people.  Now we must fight a different kind of war for a greater kind of freedom.  We must do it not only ourselves but for the glory of God Almighty and for the benefit of those who will follow us after we have gone.

Fix bayonets.  Fight the good fight.  Never give in, or give up.  His truth is marching on.