Memorial Day

This Memorial Day the ministry would also like to pay great tribute to the patriots who gave their lives in the American Revolution. There would have been no Civil War or any other American war without this fight.  Within the text of the Declaration of Independence, it says, “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive…, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”   Every single war was an effort of some sort to create, restore or preserve a level of freedom whether on American soil or in a foreign territory.  Sometimes we must go to war to protect people from oppressive governments and rogue leaders.

Just before the Revolutionary War, a preacher named Peter Muhlenberg, after reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1, declared, “There is a time to preach and a time to pray but there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come!”  When the smoke cleared, America had become an independent nation.memorial day marker banner

America was the first nation to truly practice religious freedom, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.   The average 70-year old colonial churchgoer would have listened to some 7,000 sermons in his or her lifetime! It was the ministers who saw British actions as grounds for armed resistance, and many of them went on to serve as chaplains in the Continental Army.

This Memorial Day as we reflect on our freedoms, let us remember those who offered themselves as living sacrifices to preserve the greatest country in the world and to maintain the principles of freedom.

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