Veteran’s Day 2011

Today we honor veterans, past and present, and remember their service to our country. It is the veteran who has stood in the gap, making sure that our freedoms remain in place. We are the nation we are because men and women have been willing to stand up and say “this is worth serving, worth fighting for, and worth giving up life for.”

Yet the real battles our nation and world faces is not against man, but against the “prince of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” as Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:2, referring to Satan. As Christians, we are veterans in that struggle, a struggle far more deadly, far more important than any temporal struggle of this earth.

And we can take great hope- the outcome is decided! Christ defeated Satan’s power, the sting of death, on the Cross. On the Cross He died as a sacrifice for your sins and mine, establishing Him as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. And His empty grave announced to the realm of Darkness that their defeat was imminent.

So while we take this day to honor veterans in our struggles of this earth, consider where you stand in the struggle that is eternal, the only struggle that matters, that of the struggle with sin that creates eternal separation from God. Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be Lord of your life? If you have, I rejoice with you, and encourage you to stand firm in the Gospel, sharing the Good news with all of those around you.

And if you have not, I invite you to do so today. God loves you, and sent His Son to die on the Cross for your sins. Take time this day to repent, and be saved.