No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4 NASB)
We owe our lives and our freedom to the men in the military. Since the beginning of this nation men and women have laid down their lives on the altar of freedom. No sacrifice was too great for them to make. Countless have survived with multiple injuries and loss of limbs, mental instability, and hopelessness. Today is a day of remembrance, but is that enough? Shouldn't we, our government, provide whatever assistance necessary to give back to them a part of their lives? Unfortunately, we are often too soon to forget, shoving them and their needs into the back corners of our minds.
The same holds true for the soldiers of the cross. Millions have given their lives to stand up for the truth. In the 14th century in England John Wycliffe and the Lollards gave their lives to give us the Scriptures in the English language. The printing press by Gutenberg made the Bible available to the common people. Countless others who's names are listed in the hall of faith have sacrificed untold agony to make sure the Scriptures get translated into the heart language of people groups around the world.
Take time today, to bow in a prayer of thanksgiving for all the soldiers both military and Christian.