The Soldiers

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. ~ 2 Timothy 2:3-4

On the day known as D-Day, June 6, 1944, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. It is estimated that 10,000 total allied casualties occurred that day, including 2,000 U.S. soldiers, 2,000 British soldiers, and 914 Canadian soldiers killed, wounded, or went missing, and another estimate of between four thousand and nine thousand German casualties on that day.

Apparently, there were so many dead bodies in the water and on the beaches from the first two waves that the third wave had to wait before they could be given orders to land and join the invasion.

These men, just young boys on both sides, were given orders to rush into the face of certain death, to try to kill each other. It was kill or be killed. They had no animosity toward each other. There was no hate between the fighting men, but their respective countries had drafted them and ordered them to go and fight. Kill or be killed.

These are the men who died defending the freedoms we still enjoy today. But how quickly we have forgotten the price that was paid and is still being paid. Places like Columbus, Ohio, are canceling their Veterans Day Parade this year, 2023, due to a major decrease in corporate financial support and a lack of attendance at the events.

It seems like people are just not interested in honoring our veterans. The ones who gave up so much for our freedom. While other parades are flourishing, vile as they might be, they are growing in popularity.

We are called to be soldiers in an unseen spiritual war, with hundreds of thousands of casualties daily all over the world. It is estimated that there are over 360 million Christians facing persecution and discrimination for their faith on a daily basis.

Places like North Korea produce videos to train state security agents on how to identify and silence those who promote religion in their country.

Christians like Mary in Nigeria, who was brutally murdered when Fulani Islamic militants attacked her village. Her husband was in town donating blood when the attack came. Their 6-year-old daughter was struck in the head, knocking her unconscious. Their 2-year-old daughter was shot in the stomach as the bullet passed through her little body and lodged in her mother’s chest, killing her instantly. The two little girls lay near their dead mother’s body through the afternoon until evening, when someone found them and rescued them.

This is only one of the millions of stories of the persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Stories that the Western Church either does not hear or, sadly, does not take notice of. So, this Veterans Day, let us, with appreciative hearts, honor those who serve us by serving our country militarily. But also, let us remember the Christian soldiers who are serving in the unseen spiritual war. Some are even dying for their faith.

Heavenly Father, please remember the soldiers who are today in harm’s way. Let your hand of protection shield them. Please watch over them and encourage them and their families, their loved ones. LORD, I pray for the salvation of every soldier who does not know You as LORD and Savior. Save them, LORD. Reveal Yourself to them.

I also pray for the persecuted Christian soldiers. May Your Great Name be ever upon their lips as their faith continues to be strong. Give them boldness, and let their hearts not be troubled, even in the face of imminent danger. I speak Shalom peace over their lives. I ask You to please provide for their needs, according to Your riches in glory, for I ask it in Jesus’ precious Name, amen.

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Why Christians Should Celebrate Veterans Day: Ernest Albert “Andy” Andrews Jr.

Today, those of us blessed to live in America enjoy the freedoms that many other nations don’t. Those freedoms weren’t cheap. They were paid with the blood, sweat, and tears of countless men and women. These freedoms that we enjoy today, such as freedom of religion and speech, weren’t free. They had to be bought at a high price. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he shares the somber story of a veteran who gave up his freedoms for ours in his video, Why Christians Should Celebrate Veterans Day: Ernest Albert “Andy” Andrews Jr.

Why Christians Should Celebrate Veterans Day

Ernest Albert “Andy” Andrews Jr.

Andy is one of millions of young men who gave up their prime years to fight for this country. He was drafted right out of High School and sent overseas to fight a war he didn’t start. He watched his friends get killed in front of him, as well as witnessed countless other soldiers die all around him. He did all of this for one reason: freedom.

Freedom is never free. It always costs an extremely high price; usually, it costs the life of another.

12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-13

We, Christians, should all celebrate Veterans Day and thank God for the freedoms we have today because of their sacrifice.

May God bless each and every veteran. Thank you for your service.

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Can Christians Support War?

So many people have given their lives for freedom. They’ve defended this country. They’ve defended our many freedoms. But in the process, many have died. Does the Bible justify this? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to answer the question, ‘Can Christians Support War?’

Matthew 24:6
Matthew 5:38-39
Exodus 21:24
Leviticus 24:20
Deuteronomy 19:21
1 Samuel 8:7
Numbers 35:9-34
Romans 6:12-23
Galatians 5:1
2 Peter 2:19
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 5:43-48
John 18:36
Revelation 12:7-9
Ephesians 6:10-12
Matthew 10:14-15
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Luke 14:31-33
Romans 13:1-7
1 Peter 2:13-17
Revelation 19:11

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Christians can and should serve in our military. Only the redeeming blood of Jesus can remove the pain of taking a life. When Jesus met with soldiers, He didn’t denounce them because of their job. He didn’t tell them to go war no more, in fact, Jesus commended a Gentile soldier for the amount of faith he had.

See, God has nothing in common with evil, so He cannot use sin as an example of who we are as Christians. We are the bride of Christ, but we are also warriors of Christ Jesus. That doesn’t mean we are supposed to go out and slaughter the heathen, it means we are spiritual warriors. We are in a war, both physical and spiritual, the only ones who can win this war are those who are Christ-Following Christians.

So, defend your nation as a soldier in the military, but don’t carry the pain of the military with you when you’re home. Give it to God, and He will take it. Quote Scripture, and you will be freed from all that you have seen and all that you have done. Christians should support just and righteous war. Seek discernment to know when war is righteous and when it is not.

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10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 51:10

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:21-23

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