Don’t Forget Them

Don’t forget them

December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy (FDR –  President of the United States of America)

It was a morning just like September 11th, 2001. America was going about its business, children in school, little ones playing, mom’s and dad’s working, farmers farming, etc. Then the news broke. In 1941 it came across the radios and the buzz at the local diner and on the streets. Life in America drastically changed in a moment. Sons and daughters, moms and dads, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends rose to defend their country. Hopefully, we remember 9-11 clearly and how what happened on that day changed the world a few years ago. We need to remember and honor those that experienced December 7th, 1941. They are fewer in number now, but their sacrifice was just as great. They came together as a nation, and went to war for a cause – a cause of defending the country we live in.

That day, 353 planes attacked Pearl Harbor. 2,402 Americans were killed and over a 1,000 others wounded. It was followed by hundreds of thousands killed in WWII.

I think about three things.

1)      I remember those families changed forever by war, death and injury (physically and mentally). As we see the pain of those affected by war, we need to come along side of them, honor them and help them in a dignified matter. There are those from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War… in need. They sacrificed much and even though most would say, they consider it an honor to serve, there is still the scars of war on their lives. Thank a soldier today. Find a WWII Vet to thank today. Dad, I thank you!

2)      I think about the unexpected attacks we witnessed on those two days. As I think about that, I think we need to always be prepared. For those of us that are believers, followers of Jesus Christ as our LORD, we are to be prepared. We live in a time that our Christian values are being attacked. We have heavy hearts as we think of the tens of thousands that have fallen on battle fields, seas and in the air. However, there are hundreds daily in the USA that die in the womb {estimates are 1,500 per day}, in hospitals and clinics by the hands of those who have taken a oath to heal and preserve life (Psalm 139:13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Does that pain you? It does me. Marriage is also under attack! God’s Word clearly states, one man, one woman for life (Genesis 2:24). Yet we stand by as denominations debate this. Creation is attacked as one crazy none scientific way to think. Yet there is more science backed by Biblical truth than the faith it takes to believe in evolution. After all, you have to believe nothing became something and a cell somehow decided it should multiple to believe in evolution or that aliens brought life here to earth. There are many other fronts to think about, but with each one we are to be prepared and then take action. We cannot stand by on the sidelines and just let the enemy over run us.

3)      We are also to be prepared to share the truth with others around us. One of the greatnesses of WWII was how they set a goal and all worked to have victory obtained. We too, as believers, want to share the hope of Jesus Christ and have one goal of seeing Him worshipped by all. Our forefathers set an example for us in taking action, fighting off the enemy. They set the goal and course of stopping the enemy. They followed the lead of their commander, as we are to follow the direction of our leader, the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, we say thank you to those who served so many years ago (1941-) and those serving right now.

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