Today is the day we set aside to recognize and express our gratitude to the men and women who have served our country in the military. There was no U.S. Or U.S. Military when the bible was written. Yet scripture has much to tell us about the people today was established to honor.
Probably the most often quoted verse on such occasions is John 15:13,
“ No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends.”
Christ himself was the model of this kind of sacrificial love, and we a re called to follow his example. Consider the previous verse along with the words of 1 John 3:16,
“This is how we know Love:Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
So even though Christ was never a soldier in uniform, those who give their life for our country are following in his footsteps, and example. But Veteran’s Day is about more than paying tribute to the heroes who died in our defense. Memorial Day in the spring is set aside to specifically honor them.
Today, Veteran’s Day is about honoring and being thankful to every man and woman who has worn a uniform and stood between us, and those who would do our nation harm. I myself served in the Military Police Corps of the Texas State Guard through much of the eighties.
Sometimes we don’t need them to fight so much as to constantly stand watch, so that they might warn us of trouble approaching. We see what an important duty this is in Ezekiel 33:6.
“If the lookout sees the sword coming but doesn’t blow the trumpet to warn the people, when the sword comes and takes away any of them, they are taken away in their sin, But I’ll hold the lookout responsible for their blood.”
Here scripture tells us no only the importance of a sentry doing his job well, it also shows us the importance of having a military to watch over us. Like with people in leadership we could argue that our military is performing a God ordained function. All the more reason we should pray for them on a regular basis. We should pray for their safety so that they can remain on watch, and on guard to protect us. However their power can be misused, and their function perverted so we must also pray for wisdom for them and their leaders lest we not have the protection God intended.
Much the same idea we see in Ezekiel 33:6 can also be found in 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
This verse underscores the idea that not only should we be on watch against enemy attack, but that both we and those who defend us should always be strong and alerts spiritually.
In 1 Samuel 14:52 God’s word even speaks of the kind of people that should be sought to defend us,
“ There was fierce warfare against the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul saw any strong or heroic man, he would add him to his troops.”
Veteran’s Day is not thought of as a religious holiday. However as we have seen scripture has much to say about this day, and the people we honor on it.