War is a tragic reality we are all forced to live with from time to time.; whether it be one on one war with our neighbor or war triggered by the greed and selfishness of those who want to rule over other men and nations. History has repeatedly shown us the truth of the Bible when it comes to man’s depravity and the fallen state of the world in which we live. From the rebellion of Lucifer to the current time, there has always been another dictator waiting in the wings who wants to make the world their own, and rise up against the Creator of all things.
For Christians, we look for a coming age when there will be no more war: a time when men will turn their swords into plowshares and peace will reign. We believe this will come because the Lord said it would, speaking through the Prophet Isaiah. “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)
In the meantime, while we await the fulfillment of this prophecy, I want to thank God for our military veterans who have stood up to resist the evils of tyrannical leaders and nations whenever war became a necessary evil in their time. Without the brave men and women who have risked their lives to protect freedom and liberty we would long ago have fallen to the merchants of death who hate all things good and seek to dominate others by their evil and selfish desires for power and control.
With many veterans who are family and friends ― including our youngest son Jonathon who served in Afghanistan for a year― Jolyn and I have always held our military troops and veterans in high regard and in our prayers as well. The damage that war causes goes far beyond the horrors of the death and destruction it yields while it is being waged. Many veterans and their families continue to suffer greatly from their wartime experiences in their attempts to access the proper care our government promised them when they enlisted or were drafted into the military. Today we are faced with the tragic news that, on average, 22 American Vets commit suicide every day. This is incomprehensible to me and baffles my mind to think that these heroic men and women are falling through the cracks of the political machine that is now running our country and our Veterans Administration.
So let us pray for our distinguished Veterans and their families. And with so many wonderful organizations out there dedicated to honoring and helping them, find one that touches you heart and support them in any way you can.
May the Lord bless our Veterans today on this day of remembrance and give them peace and prosperity and encouragement for a job well done. God bless our Troops and Vets, and may God bless America!