First let me say that I am deeply thankful for all that have given their life in military service. I want to also say "thank you," to those that have served and those that serve today. What follows here is not meant to reflect on our heroes in any way, shape, or form.
Every Memorial Day since I was about nineteen I remember the words of a fellow member of the National Guard who was like many of the men, a Vietnam vet. He looked at me while on the bus that was taking us to our weekend drill and said with a confused look; "Everyday I wonder why so many had to die. No one can tell me. Why did they have to die?"
Of course I didn't have an answer for him. Vietnam had been surrendered and no one knew why the deaths that were said to protect our freedom had to ever happen. We did know, but it couldn't be said without being counted as one that belittled the sacrifice and service of our military.
Politicians are masters at turning phrases to mask their agendas and failures. The great one of our day is that to question the action is to not support the troops undertaking the action. They may be dying and being maimed without any relation to protecting our freedom, or without a true purpose of victory; but if we speak against the action, we speak against the troops. It is a clever trap, but it is not fool proof. The brave can overcome.
To question the reason in no way dishonors the men and women in uniform that are carrying out the mission. Since World War II we have seen several wars, police actions, and engagements that should have been severly questioned. No president has been immune to the waste of precious U. S. lives without a valid cause. Even President Reagan wasted the lives of Marines in Lebabnon. After they were attacked our forces were pulled out so as not to risk the lives of more men. The demand of patriots all over this land should always be that no action should ever be undertaken unless it is worth the risk of American lives. Unless the mission is vital to our freedom it should not require the life of one person in uniform. If it is not vital to our freedom, we have no business being involved. Period.
The problem then becomes one of those that rule and send out the troops. The Bible tells us that when the righteous rule that the people rejoice. Herein is our problem. We do not elect based open anything now except perception. The Cheistian right loved George W. Bush, and while he truly seemed to feel the loss of every soldier, he still was the cause of many lives being spent for what appears to be nothing but chaos.
While motives may be pure it is the results that matter. The action must always be questioned and weighed out to assess worth. This is difficult to do as again to question is to speak against the troops. To questioner is to be branded as a liberal and hater of freedom. Yet to blindly accept is to risk the lives of our fighting men and women for as we have seen of late, less than positive results.
It is difficult to publish such thoughts because we have been trained to support war or be labeled as not supporting those that wage the war. A cause may be just but still not vital enough to risk the lives of our military. We should demand more from our leaders before we entrust them with the lives of our brave young men and women. Their lives should be worth the stigma of asking questions and demanding answers. Their lives should be worth nothing short of complete victory that guarantees our way of life. But then we get back to the righteous ruling and how can an unrighteousness electorate pick righteous rulers?
Monday is the official start of the week for most people. It is also the rentry for most into the harsh realities of life. Here in the good ol' U. S. A. that has various meanings, but in many countries life is altogether different.
There are countries where Sunday is a day of harsh realities as people risk their lives to worship in the name of Jesus. Unfortunately Monday is just as dangerous because if their allegiance to Christ is known, they can't be sure if anyone is closing in on them. If their identity in Christ is hidden, then they never know when their secret will be revealed. The penalties are varied with the highlight being one of death. (We struggle with giving our "all" in Western countries while in other countries they may have to do so literally!)
There isn't much we can do about this but pray. Pray for protection, strength, grace, supply, and deliverance for our persecuted brothers and sisters. And pray for our deliverance from such future persecution for with such I'm afraid our churches would be a bit on the empty side. Especially if persecution began on Super Bowl Sunday.