Respecting our American Flag, our Soldiers, and our Country…Under God

Respecting our flag and our soldiers, shows that we are thankful for the freedom and protection that we have in America, living under God. Proudly waving our flag, with its stars and stripes, means that we want to live here, and live in peace with others who live here. Respecting our flag shows a love for our country, and the freedom for which it stands.

Disrespect for our flag, shows disrespect for our soldiers and the sacrifices they make. Patriotism brings up the morale of our soldiers and their families. It shows we stand on a firm foundation and strong principles. When I was a little kid, I proudly waved my miniature flag, which was attached, to a little wooden stick, with two small staples. I’d heard I should be careful to not drop the flag on the ground, and that a ruined flag was to be burned.

Flags should not be worshipped. Instead, we should worship God, who watches over our country. We should show respect towards things that represent His authority. These things are: bibles, crosses, and our United States flag. As a small child, I lived on an American Air Force base, in Italy. Every evening, all play was momentarily stopped, as “Taps” was played. As little children, we knew to respect our country, even when we were living in another one. Men and women in uniform were commonplace. Saluting was the norm. There were soldiers at the commissary, getting food, and uniformed personnel shopping at the base exchange. They were everywhere. We knew they were protecting us.

Our fathers were gone, months at a time, for training. Mothers took care of the extra work, during their absence. We picked up, and moved to a new country, every three years. Either by leaving first, or being left behind, we felt the loss of fond family and friends. There are sacrifices for freedom, and the biggest sacrifices come when soldiers go to war and die. It’s a great privilege to live in the United States of America, and many lives have been lost, in order for us to be able to live here.

Our American soldiers have died, and are still dying, so that we can live free, in the United States.  Many lives have been lost, so we can live in freedom.  The silver lining is that through Jesus, we can be forever free, with no more fear, tears, or pain. Because God gave His son, Jesus, as the ultimate sacrifice, we can look forward to Heaven.  In Heaven, we will be whole, with new bodies, reunited with loved ones who have given their lives.  The final victory, comes when we win the battle, and go home to be with Jesus.  We receive the gift of salvation, by admitting we are sinners, recognizing Jesus Christ died for our sins, and inviting him into our hearts.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1 New International Version)

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:10)

God is Our Fortress

Can one person convince another, and others, to stop believing you and your upright character, simply by using gossip, lies, and manipulation? The answer is “Yes.” If this is happening to you, you’re not alone. We simply need to pray, wait patiently, and trust in God. The silver lining is that God is Truth, and He’s not just going to sit around watching, and letting people tell lies. He’s not sitting around now. Through Jesus, God is actually building a fortress inside of us. Our meager shelters are surrounded by walls of rejection and fear, so they are easily broken. Like houses made out of leaves and sticks, they blow over with the slightest breeze. But God’s fortress is a stronghold of protection. It is impenetrable, and it cannot be overtaken by the enemy. We may be surrounded on every side, but God is a fortress that cannot be shaken or destroyed. God is our rock, and He has a better, and more perfect, plan. God’s perfect plan is already in place, even when we are not aware of it.
“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”
Matt. 10:26 NLT

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Biblical Truths

Did you know you can grow up in a “Christian” household still be taught the complete opposite of God’s truth? Guilt, fear, and condemnation come from the devil, under the guise of “teaching” or “discipline.” Instead, we are meant to rejoice in hope, encouragement, and acceptance, which are all gifts from God! If you didn’t hear how much Jesus loves you, and how he is able to help you through hard times and suffering, you weren’t being taught about all the amazing things that Jesus Christ offers, as your personal savior. If you didn’t hear a message about how you are forgiven, special, gifted, loved, and cherished by God, you did not receive biblical truth. God places wise people in our lives, to teach us the truth about Jesus and God’s infinite love for us! Don’t be afraid to ask a godly person to help you understand what you missed out on in the school of life. Real Christians, who follow Jesus, are excited to share truth with you, along with life lessons for your healing!