As we remembered and honored our fallen this Memorial Day it is vital, we understand why.
This week is the anniversary of both Midway and D-Day. The Day of Days. Where everything changed.
As history fades and heroes die, it is now more than ever, important to be crystal clear about the kinetic details of selfless service.
Not for the memory of the fallen. But the future of the living.
Midway was not a miracle. And neither was D-Day, even though the great Ernie Pyle said so. Old veterans rightly bristle while pious civilians remain puzzled.
A miracle is a supernatural event, natures laws defied.
Providence is God intervening for us.
But because we were with God, God was with us.
When we act, so does God.
Providence not miracles, made and make the difference.
So, remember, never forget, then act.
Because today we face an even more dangerous enemy than in our past.
Pearl Harbor and the Nazi concentration camps once, revealed, made the enemy obvious. The threat clear.
Now the enemy is ancient as the war but more subtle. George Orwell said all tyrannies subsist on fraud, and when the cover of fraud fails, they turn to force.
But today with the illiteracy and dumbing down in our schools,
synagogues and churches, its essential to understand the threat, and the rules of engagement.
If the Holy Bible is truth and history then we must learn from Red Earth Adam missing the mark when the Nahash seduces the Eve Mother of Life, by his inaction.
If we read between the lines in the great gaps of sparse scripture, he does not love Eve enough to intercede. To act.
Today big church confuses action and prayer, and I often have listeners who offer prayer.
That is fine. But it is not enough.
We must act.
Because when we act, God acts.
And without us.
Often big church obsesses on downplaying action in favor of passive faith.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
If Yeshua was and is the Messiah, then note that only once does He say how to pray and then only when asked. His prayer in the garden precedes action.
His new commandments are love God and your neighbor with your all. This is often interpreted as passivity. Nothing is farther from the truth.
He says it quite clearly in John, “No greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
And He did.
And when He did everything changed. In the garden He prayed. After that it was all about love in action.
Pray then act.
Act in love, and providence will follow.
Providence means divine care, guidance or protection.
On D-Day the allies tried to plan for everything but they could not control the weather. But the worst storm in centuries first occluded the Nazis’ vision, then suddenly cleared allowing the landing.
Just as had happened at Dunkirk, the weather was unique, confounding the Nazis, while allowing British forces to survive to fight another day.
Britain means covenant people. Because Churchill asked for and received a civilian convoy fleet to rescue trapped troops and spare the British navy.
And at Midway on June 6th, Japanese carrier scout planes launched at 4:35, 4:38, 4:42 pm but one left late at 5:00 pm.
That plane was the one that spotted the American fleet. But when the pilot radioed the position, the transmission failed!
Providence, again and again.
We are called to no greater love, to suffer, accept the cup, bear the cross.
Pray, then act in faith.
Sacrifice in faith brings suffering.
Suffering in faith leads to salvation.
You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. – Mark 13:13
Freedom is taken.