Posted: 11/6/18 at 4:30 pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13 NIV)
My dad was in the Navy. My father-in-law spent his career in the Marine Corps. I have uncles who served in the Air Force and Army. I have relatives who did not return from wars; they died there…literally or figuratively. Many choose to go into battle because of a love for family, friends, and freedom. I take it seriously!
I, however, never put nationalism/patriotism ahead of the Kingdom of God. Sometimes the lines are blurred in churches. We can honor our veterans without putting nationalism above God. Here are some ways to do so:
- Take a veteran to lunch. Choose a veteran in your church. Contact them and ask if the class can take them and their family to lunch after worship. Veteran’s Day falls on Sunday, November 11. This would be a great way to honor them!
- Write cards to veterans. Your class could ask for a list of veterans in your church or from the local VFW or Veteran’s Hospital to send cards to thank them for their service. This could show care for members and be an outreach/encouraging word for veterans who are struggling and don’t know God.
- Have a Veteran’s Day Service on Veteran’s Day. Invite all veterans from the church along with local recruiters. Have recruiters in full uniform for an evening service. They are to light a candle in memory and honor of each branch. Invite the local VFW. Sing their hymns, and then show this video. It is very powerful! Afterwards, have a reception with snacks to get to know veterans.
- Youth classes: have a social event around capture the flag between two teams. (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share ideas on how to do this.) Afterwards have a veteran share about real wars and how they found comfort in their faith.
We need to honor our veterans in some way. They were willing to give their very lives for others!
This will be my last blog for a couple of weeks as we have our BGAV annual meeting the next week, and I will be on vacation the following week. Be thankful for the blessings God has placed upon you in all circumstances, and know the peace of God is with you!