May 30th, Memorial Day 2016

mem day 2016It is with a heart of gratitude I reflect upon the sacrifices made for the freedoms we so richly share: the freedom to move across this great land, the freedom to speak, the freedom of religion, the freedom to bear arms, the right of trial by a jury of our peers, the right to privacy, the pursuit of happiness and to be able to own property. Along with this is the ability to live in a fallen world in relative peace, at least since I have been alive and for the present.

My thanks go out to the men and women in uniform who stand between us and the evil which would seek to take those liberties away. I pray for our government officials who stand for truth and seek to stem the tide of those who refuse to acknowledge the reality our freedoms predicated upon a right relationship with our Creator. Our money still says, as a nation, “in God we trust”, but this is being challenged in the classroom the courtroom and even in some church houses across this land. The Bible says:

 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Our forefathers bore arms to defend our certain God-given rights – the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today it is imperative as Christian soldiers we rise to the occasion of this current time to pray for our country. But let us reach into God’s arsenal and pull out spiritual weapons which have great power when wielded by sincere hearts.

 2 Cor. 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Onward then ye Christian soldiers, marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before. If we would fight for our liberty, let us bend our knees and raise the standard of the gospel high to a lost and dying world. May God bring us back from the edge of the precipice of self-destruction.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Because of Christ’s Liberty,

Pastor John Schofield