As another Memorial Day comes to a close, I’m reminded of the thousands of individuals who gave up their lives for freedom. It’s easy for us to take for granted what so many around the world still long for. So many people said “Happy Memorial Day” to me today but I’m all but happy thinking about the struggles of our military men and women fighting to secure my rights in the United States. I’m sure there are people that don’t even know what Memorial Day is except for an extra day off work and an opportunity to spend the day on the boat. Have we lost our reverence towards individuals sacrificing themselves for a greater cause?
This week, Pastor Frank asked us to also remember the many Christians given up their lives for their cause. Their faith. I live oblivious to sacrifice for the cause. I’m not talking about sacrificing chocolate during Lent but the fact that hundreds of Christians are martyred every day for living out their faith. We may hear the stories and for a brief moment sympathize for the loss but quickly move about our lives. While certain stories might make the news and give us an opportunity to reflect, many don’t. According to Fox News, over 215 million Christians face high persecution and from 2005 – 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred.
I live oblivious to sacrifice for the cause. I’m not talking about sacrificing chocolate during Lent but the fact that hundreds of Christians are martyred every day for living out their faith.
What does this mean for us? In 1 Timothy 2:1, it says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.” This week during youth, we had a special guest that was talking to our kids about intercession. I think it’s essential that we intercede for those who serve overseas and for those who face persecution every day. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for our military. But I’m asking you to always consider this day as a day of prayer and intercession. Take the time to pray for our country, and our country’s leaders so that they make sound decisions regarding where and why our military has to fight.
And lastly, consider those who are constantly giving up their lives for their cause. Our Military fight for a cause. The cause is freedom. Christians overseas being persecuted stand up for their faith because it’s their ultimate cause.