Living for the Dream vs. Living in a Dream

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Imagine Nothing to Kill or Die For

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon, British music legend of the Beatles, was murdered. People around the world mourned the loss. Today, I mourn the loss of our respect for our military veterans and the service they have provided this country!

John Lennon was famous for many songs, one of them being “Imagine.” In the song, he asks people to imagine if there was no hell or heaven, no possessions, no countries, and nothing to kill or die for. He sings, “You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” No, he’s not the only one. But he was living in a dream. If we had or have nothing to kill or die for, we still wouldn’t have peace. We can’t have peace apart from Christ. We wouldn’t be free. We can’t be free without Christ.

Freedom comes with a price tag. The freedom we have in Christ comes because God sent His only Son, Jesus to earth and He sacrificed His life; He died on a cross for our sins, taking our punishment upon His shoulders. Our nation wouldn’t be free today unless soldiers took up arms and fought for the peace and liberty.

Because we live in a sinful fallen world, there will always be war until Christ comes again. The Bible even says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3, 8, “There is a time for everything…a time to kill and a time to heal…a time for war and a time for peace.”

John Lennon may have been popular, but I choose to embrace a somewhat unpopular belief these days – our military vets deserve our respect!

Presence of Justice

In the movie, Air Force One, Harrison Ford’s character, President James Marshall is at a state dinner in Moscow, Russia giving a speech. One of my favorite lines in the film is when he says, “Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of justice.”

I’m not saying that I agree with the reasons America has invaded countries around the world or that I agree with every reason we have ever gone to war. Many of these reasons boil down to one simple motivation – greed. BUT… I do believe that we need the presence of justice  in order to protect our people. And if it weren’t for the American Patriots during the American Revolution, life would be drastically different. If our ancestors hadn’t fought in wars like World War I and World War II, we wouldn’t be in the same place today.

My grandfather is a military veteran, served over in Europe during World War II. And he’s my hero! He, and all other soldiers who have fought for our freedoms deserve respect and honor for their position. We wouldn’t be here today without them!

On September 11, 2001, the nation of America was attacked. Our patriotism was so high that year. But have we forgotten? Have we forgotten the price of those brave men and women who gave their lives that day to rescue and protect others? Have we forgotten the price of those brave men and women who fought overseas with a sense of righteous anger and justice after this attack? Let’s never forget that freedom is a privilege and it comes with a price! Let’s never take it for granted.

Live for the Dream. Live for Reality.

Today I’d like to say thank you!

…thank you to the military troops, past and present, who have fought valiantly for the freedoms we have today!

…thank you to the women who serve in the military currently, the military moms and wives, sisters and friends, who are standing up and defending our nation!

…thank you to the families who have loved ones overseas for your support and love!

…thank you to my grandfather for his service to this country. I’m so proud of you and I love you very much!

“You may say that I’m a dreamer,” Lennon sings. Go ahead and live in a dream world, but I choose to live for the dream – the dream of a free America, the dream of an America that believes in honoring those who are and have served in the military!

And I choose to believe in and live for reality – that one day Christ will come again and “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4)! That’s more beautiful and exciting than a dream!

My prayer:

Dear Lord, You are a God of justice and a God of peace. You are most worthy of all our praise. I am saddened by the state of our world and how many people do not know you. I look forward to the day when we’ll be reunited with You and there will be no more need for war or killing. But right now we still live in this fallen world, and I want to thank you for all the brave men and women who have served our nation. I pray that we would never forget the freedoms this nation of America has, that we wouldn’t be ungrateful, and that we wouldn’t forget the ultimate freedom we have in You. Give us hearts of gratitude. May we bring honor to You as we honor our military veterans this day! 

In Christ’s Name, Amen

My grandfather

*Photo Credit: Sherrie Ship

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