On Monday, 31 May 2010, many American’s will celebrate a national holiday, forgetting the true meaning or purpose of the day itself. However, throughout this great nation, thousands upon thousands of families will remember—in fact, it’s impossible for us to forget, because buried in a cemetery somewhere is a casket that holds the remains of a loved one who paid the supreme sacrifice that we might be free.
However, this day of remembrance must never be limited to a few moments of emotional energies spent merely missing our friends and loved ones whose lives were cut short during their military service for our country. We surely must contemplate a bigger picture and the grander scheme of the future looming before us.
For example, we must remember the principles and precepts that lead to the birth of this great nation. As I write this, I’m seated in my hotel room in Enfield (CT). In just a few hours, I will address an eternity-bound audience, reminding them, not only of America’s Fallen, but of the price that has been paid from the inception of America—as early as the 1620s. The founders and the fallen so strongly believed in equality, self-governance, and the rule of law, that they were willing to pledge the lives, fortunes, and sacred honor—risking it all, sacrificing everything for freedom. In so doing, they kept their honor.
America is a nation at-risk because we’re sluggish in remembering the critical ingredients that have made America great. Few Americans will reflect any more than I on the people who have fallen—those for whom we have set aside this special day. But we must remind ourselves that this American holiday is not only about remembering the personalities, but also the principles.
Here in Enfield (CT), two local high schools have scheduled graduation ceremonies in a local church facility that best accommodates these events—parking, seating, staging, restrooms, etc. However, the ACLU has filed suit, seeking an injunction, preventing the use of a church facility, with their usual insanity, crying “Separation of church and state!” Somewhere along their educational track, they must have overlooked a few lessons from history class.
The first public school in America—the Boston Latin School—located only a few hours from Enfield (CT) in Boston (MA), was founded by Reverend John Cotton on April 23, 1635. Five of the fifty-six signers of the American Constitution attended this school. Can you imagine? But the ACLU wasn’t around in those days to protest, threaten, intimidate, and file frivolously insane lawsuits, trying to protect young America’s students from religious symbols and the New England Primer and the Hornbook.
But the insanity of this distorted thinking by a relative handful in America can only be exceeded by the insanity of good American citizens continually tolerating it!
Perhaps the great need of America today is not another “bailout” from Washington, D.C. but a revival of old-fashioned patriotism—a patriotic fervor built on critical personal ingredients, such as …
Great character. The good character of leaders past will not suffice for today. They have all run their leg of the relay race of life. The baton has been placed into our hands, and we must boldly rise to the occasion, becoming internally what the Good Book instructs us to be, enabling us to do what people of good, godly character should do.
Great conviction. It is high time that people who profess to know God determine to live like we actually know Him. Like David of old, facing the giant Goliath against all odds, we must ask ourselves, “Is there not a cause?” William Bradford thought so, but today’s history revisionists choke on his Mayflower Compact of 1620. Barbara Fritchie thought there was a cause when she withstood Stonewall Jackson with those famous words, “Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag,” she said!
Where are the men and women of modern America who are willing to stand, and having done all, stand? Conviction is the bottom line of all my thinking. It is what I have concluded as vitally important—important enough for which to live and die.
Great courage. Without character, we become dishonest and self-centered—which unfortunately and increasingly describes our country, including many of our “leaders.” Without conviction, we lose our bearings—our moral compass. Again, regrettably, this describes our nation—adrift morally. And without courage, we fail to act on that which we profess to be and to believe.
In two short decades, America has gone from a nation with a president who could courageously say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” to one who apologizes for America to every rouge nation wherever he travels! That makes those of us with good character, conviction, and courage rather nauseous!
As we approach this Memorial Day 2010, let’s concentrate on and honor our forefathers and the fighting men and women of this nation for their courage, their vision, and their sacrifices. Let’s remember how precious our rights and freedoms! Veterans, we honor your service, your courage, and your countless sacrifices at sea, in the air, and on distant fields of battle. May God continue to bless the great nation, as we give Him reason for doing so.
BTW, do you pray? America is in desperate need of the prayers of men, women, boys and girls who are on speaking terms with God to plead for the future of the nation we love. May each of us be found faithful at our post in prayer!
I pray and this is a great post. Thank you.
Dale- once again you have put into words what I and alot of other “patriots” have been feeling for a long time. Thank you for everything you do. God Bless you and America Always-
Dale….. Thank You for the summation of what our country desperately needs….. so much apathy in all of us….. sadly it is in the Christians as well. May God find mercy for America’s future. Praying for America, Shirley