Remembering Calvary on Memorial Day

Each year millions of Americans spend the last Monday of May to commemorate the soldiers who have died in the battlefield to protect America’s future.

This year, President Bush evoked memories of the soldiers who died in Iraq by reading the letters they wrote for their families in case of their deaths. One of the letters featured was by a National Guard, Sgt. Michael Evans, who reminded his loved ones why he chose to fight.

“I know it’ll be hard, but I gave my life so you could live, not just live, but live free,” Evans wrote. “My death will mean nothing if you stop now.”

While America gravely remembers these sons and daughters who gave their lives for freedom’s cause, Christians should also commemorate the martyrs who died for the greatest cause: freedom in Jesus Christ. Moreover, Christians should give thanks for the one sacrifice that liberated all mankind from the chains of sin and opened the door to eternal life.

Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil.

This Memorial Day, as church bells ring and parades pass, we must remember the saints and martyrs who lost their lives the spiritual battle, and carry on their banner of faith to finish the work that began at Calvary.