John 15: 10-14
10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
I must confess that Memorial Day is a strange holiday for me. I’ve never been able to reconcile a day that we’re supposed to remember all of those who died fighting for our country being called the unofficial start of summer. I don’t think Memorial Day should be a day for beaches, shopping, barbecues, and the like. Instead, I favor cemetery gatherings, visiting families of the fallen, or gatherings affirming peace. Our soldiers fought and died for peace not continued warfare externally or political partisanship internally.
Our fallen soldiers came from every walk of life, race, and socioeconomic background. Our military can serve as a shining example of the power of Americans working together. In addition, Memorial Day serves as a reminder that “all” of America has paid their fair share to make America a great and free nation for all people.
The scripture clearly suggest that a fallen soldier is an example of the greatest human love. As we commemorate another Memorial Day, let us truly honor our fallen by paying their love forward. This week, don’t be a Democrat or Republican. Don’t be a Baptist or an Evangelical. Don’t be an African-American, Latino American, or White American. Regardless of the adjective, the noun for all the men and women who died for our freedom was American. So this week, let us all strive to be the best Americans in our homes, in our communities, and everywhere we go. Being great Americans is easier when we strive to be great Christians evidencing the love of Jesus Christ in our lives.