SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS ETERNAL TRUTH? — Reblog From Settled In Heaven and Another Thought For Memorial Day

Christ Reasoning with Peter as he washes his feet, by Giotto di Bondone (Scrovegni Chapel), c. 1304–1306
Christ Reasoning with Peter as he washes his feet, by Giotto di Bondone (Scrovegni Chapel), c. 1304–1306

When we think, we don’t have the capacity to grasp every thought at the same time. So we often focus on one idea and just try to understand it.

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The Everlasting Gospel” by Rob Barkman

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Rev 14:6 KJV  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

For most Christians, the gospel message is very familiar… it is the death, burial, resurrection and its proofs:

1Co 15:1-8 KJV… “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried,  and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (continued here)

Once we understand that the gospel message is eternal, what do we do about it? Jesus gave us an example.

John 13:12-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

In the movies, the filmmakers often depict war as glorious, thrilling combat, but history tells us — the experience of veterans tells us — war is lingering misery. Hence, when we honor those who served on Memorial Day, we do not honor them because they were powerful god-like creatures who struck their foes dead with fear. We know our soldiers are only citizens like ourselves. We honor those who served because they cared enough to serve their country. They took upon themselves a difficult, often miserable duty, and they served us even to the point of dying on our behalf. Even though we do not deserve such service, they cared enough to serve.

9 thoughts on “SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS ETERNAL TRUTH? — Reblog From Settled In Heaven and Another Thought For Memorial Day

  1. Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day and started during the ‘Civil’ War between the States.. Women, mothers, wives and sisters decorated the graves of their fallen husbands, sons and brothers to mourn their deaths. It was never meant to celebrate their sacrifice or enshrine them as Martyrs for the ‘The State’.
    We pretend and claim too much for this ‘Holiday’ in my opinion. We remember their deaths and the loss to their loved ones in the horror of violence and organized killing and death that is War.
    May we finally as a species figure out how to resolve conflict and disagreements between countries without the sending out of our young men and women to kill and be killed simply on someone else’s orders to do so. That will be my prayer for ‘Memorial’ Day this year.
    -mike

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    1. In an earlier post you castigated our leaders for not finishing off Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1st Persian Gulf War (https://citizentom.com/2015/05/18/if-we-knew-then-what-we-know-now-a-post-for-memorial-day/#comment-63337). In the this one you condemn the way we celebrate Memorial Day. How curious!

      Please note this post makes no reference to martyrdom or government. Nor does it glorify war. What it speaks to is sacrificial service, and I still don’t understand your objection to that. I fear your response is more knee-jerked than reasoned.

      As a nation we still do not send men and women out to kill or be killed simply because someone orders them into combat. We publicly debate such matters. Even our current president understands the support he would lose if he grossly abused his powers and sent our military forces into Harm’s way without a good reason. Could that change? It is possible, but throughout our history, our soldiers have fought to protect the rights and the security of our people. I pray we will continue to be so blessed.

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      1. I’m sorry to have offended with my differing opinion. I do respect your opinion as even though I don’t share it anymore. I’m sure we will both have a safe and restful memorial day. -mike

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  2. I wrote this a few years ago. I expect that “mike” will disagree with the sentiment:
    Memorial Day Tribute
    Memorial Day we gather and pay homage to our fallen
    Who gave themselves completely in response to duty’s callin’
    Some joined to see the world, some thought “Adventure! Education!”
    And others drawn by kinship with the proud that guard our Nation

    But trials and training molded them into a joined precision
    That holds our cause in high esteem, and suffers no division
    Our military crew stands tall, and ready for the battle
    And ready, too, to give their all, impervious to rattle

    They serve in combat, serve in peace, and make of one the other
    Rebuilding schools to grant a lease of freedom to a brother
    The tasks they face are sometimes grim, and few of us would choose them
    And each one stands his place, and we are poorer when we lose them

    But richer still are we, for still we keep Liberty’s fire
    Not just for those at home — those far away know we won’t tire
    And countries ‘cross the globe recall when we came to release
    Oppressed ones from their bondage, and we brought a well-earned peace

    Unlike the conquerors of times before, we keep no soil
    Just what we need for plots to lay our soldiers freed from toil
    Instead we show by doing that the freedom’s worth the cost
    We mourn our dead, then lift our heads, go on without our lost

    The brothers and the sisters of our noble fighting forces
    Will tolerate no failures, and swift justice runs its courses
    When someone fails the Code, and shames his uniform and brothers
    There is no choice — deal with him harshly — we owe this to others

    But all will bear in mind, for every wretched wreck decried
    Ten thousand strong and more will earn our faith, and earn our pride
    Indeed, we owe our troops far more than we can ever pay
    But thanks to all who served, and fell — on this Memorial Day.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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  3. keith,
    pray tell me, what are the soldiers currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan protectin US from her in the US? how are they securing our freedoms HERE in the US? is “killing them over there before they can get over here” really the same as Protecting OUR freedoms or serving OUR country and defending OUR Homeland?
    I’d like to see that argued and defended and how that has anything to do with The State sending young men and women to kill and be killed overseas in lands and countries who have not attacked or declared war upon the ours FIRST or us as it’s people.
    or are they really defending, killing and being killed for an Idea… a concept… a way of government that we are trying to impose upon countries/people against their wishes (and interpreting resistance as aggression).
    I don’t share your view or opinion anymore. I once did but evidence and time changed my mind. But please, go ahead. I’d like to hear your argument.

    -mike

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    1. You have demonstrated absolutely zero appetite for facts, and include many falsehoods among your assumptions even in your comment here. Thus, my time is better spent elsewhere.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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        1. Mike,

          This last comment just illustrates why Keith responded as he did. What you are saying comes across as opportunistic sniping.

          If you want someone you defend their position, then at some point you have to make a coherent argument for your own position. As it is, I cannot figure out what you believe or why you believe what you believe. Your comments on this post have been at best pointless, and I think most people would simply think them rude. Given that, I think Keith’s reply quite appropriate.

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