By Chaplain (Capt.) Brent Sanders
Special to GUIDON
On Memorial Day I stumbled across an article in an archaic form of communication known as a newspaper.
It was the subheading of the article that caught my attention. Memorial Day is America’s “Day of the Dead.” Instead of seeing Memorial Day as “Barbecue Day,” the writer adjured his audience to revere the occasion as a day which marks the ultimate sacrifice of so many for the benefit of all.
As the Fourth of July approaches, I find myself wondering if Americans should view the occasion as something other than “Fireworks Day.”
In the book of Revelation, a book full of verbal fireworks, Jesus gives a cautionary lesson on his audience’s approach to the way they are living their lives.
He admonishes his listeners that he’d rather they be hot or cold — not lukewarm.
He tells them that if they’re going to sin, go all out, do it with no reservations; likewise, if they’re going to be righteous, make no apologies, do it to the best of their ability.
Psychologists and therapists the world over will tell us that a meaningful and satisfying life must contain the elements of commitment and
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, between pool parties, barbecues and barely legal explosives, ask yourself if you are lukewarm about living in the freest land in the history of the world.
To whom much is given, much is expected in return.
Incredible freedom requires incredible commitment and incredible responsibility in order to retain such a standard of living.
This Fourth of July, let us be incredible stewards of the freedoms we enjoy every single day.
(Editor’s note: Sanders is the 701st Military Police Battalion chaplain.)