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“8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me…” (Isaiah 46:8-9).

This Memorial Day, let us take a moment to reflect on those who have fought and died for this nation. It is during Memorial Day that we as Americans are to reflect on the great cost of freedom, for freedom is never free. It came at a high price and must be preserved at a high price.
Our Founding Fathers knew the high price all too well. They had sought to appease King George III, had written numerous letters to the king, had meetings with officials, and desired to honor their ruler and the law. When the King did not honor them, they sought the Lord in fervent prayer. It was then that they realized that the King had disobeyed his own law called the Magna Carta. The king must be under his own law and not above it. And one nation under God was born, a nation of the people, by the people and for the people was created and a Constitution and Bill of Rights was crafted under the steady vigilance of our Founding Fathers. They sacrificed their lives, their comforts, their families, their fortunes, their reputations, that we might be free of the tyrannical rule of a king who considered himself above the law.
Memorial Day is a day to remember these sacrifices. The sacrifices of the Founders and the sacrifices of those we have known in our lifetime. Let us not forget them!
Furthermore, we as Christians are also a part of a spiritual nation, a holy people, children of God. Our kingdom is not of this world, but is in our hearts and the King of our kingdom is coming soon. The founders of this spiritual kingdom, the prophets and apostles, lived lives of sacrifice on behalf of God’s word. The world hated them, and killed many of them.
Inspired by their testimony and driven by eternity, many throughout the years sacrificed their lives, their families, their comforts, their fortunes, and their reputations that we Christians today might be spiritually free. So, even as we memorialize our fallen military heroes today, let us also memorialize our fallen spiritual leaders who gave their all for the cause of Christ.
While we are remembering those who fought and died, let us reflect on the state of this nation and the church today.
In the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, God is “sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat”. He is sifting the wheat from the chaff. Across this nation of America, God is doing just this to His people. For nearly three months, God has brought this nation and the church to a screeching halt. In His great mercy, He has during this time of isolation and quarantine, called His people to refocus, reassess and repent. He is saying, just like He said to the 7 churches of Revelation, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” And what God is saying is loud and clear.

Indeed, Christians around the world are repenting too. From Brazil, to Pakistan, to India, to Guatemala, to Jamaica, to Peru, to Kenya. From sea to shining sea, Christians are kneeling in prayer for block after block after block along city streets, in front of buildings, on cracked sidewalks, crying out to God in repentance and for healing. On top of that thousands are coming to Jesus in Guatemalan prisons as policemen-turned-preachers are impacting lives for God’s glory. Even nations, via their national leadership, like Jamaica, are humbling themselves, repenting and turning back to God.
In these days leading up to Pentecost, like the 120 disciples isolated themselves in the upper room in Acts 1 may we too, in America and around the world, isolate ourselves and seek God’s face. May we at this time truly and sincerely surrender ALL. Once broken and empty of all sin before our awesome, holy God, let’s ask the Lord to fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit, to empower us from on high. And, then stand back and see what God will do once more this Pentecost!

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