May 30th, 2012 | By admin
Monday we observed a holiday, Memorial Day. This is a day we honor the soldiers who died for our freedoms. So many people forget that we are able to have the freedoms we enjoy because men and women died to give them to us. This holiday has been observed for over 100 years, but do we really understand it?
Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first called, began during the Civil War in 1862. The women of Savannah, Georgia honored the soldiers who had died by putting flowers on their graves. In 1863, the people did the same at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On July 4, 1864, the town of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania claim the ladies decorated the soldiers grave, and declare they are the birthplace of the first Memorial Day.
It went on from there. Decoration Day was celebrated on May 30 for years until 1968 when Congress passed the Monday Holiday Bill. They changed the name to Memorial Day, and in 1971 it became the fourth Monday in May.
Each Sunday, 52 times a year, a Christian should be honoring Christ in a memorial to His death. It’s wonderful to remember these men who died for our freedom, but Christ gave us forgiveness from our sins. He gave His life that we might have this freedom. Freedom from our sins if we obey His Word. He had so much love for us that He wanted all of the earth saved.
We as Christians must worship God. God sent his Son to the earth to teach mankind and give us His word. God loved us so much he wanted us to hear Christ’s words. So many did not, even the Jews didn’t obey him. Now we have the Bible with His teachings in it and people don’t even read it. They don’t even study it to know more about it.
Jesus was stretched out on the cross and His hands and feet nailed to the cross. They dropped Him into a hole several feet deep to hold the cross so it would not topple over with his weight. The impact of the drop tore his flesh on his back, hands, and feet. It had to be miserable. Instead, He looked at the crowd and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 He had love for them, even when they were killing them.
Do you follow a religion of love or hate? I follow a religion of love.