by Barbara Latta
|If Christ be captain, no fear of defeat.|
War is not a beautiful thing, but in our fallen world truth and justice demand defense.
God prepares selected men with a gift for war, for without it nations would crumble under the attack of evil and the gospel would not have a pulpit from which to be preached.
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1 NASB).
In 1745, the Reverend George Whitefield preached a sermon to troops during King George’s War. He addressed the soldiers from 1 Samuel 22:2 and based on this scripture encouraged the men to act like the soldiers of David. This great preacher is credited with the military motto: “If Christ be captain, no fear of defeat.”
All through the Old Testament God told the Israelites to conquer the nations before them because of the corrupt nature of the inhabitants. Were these heathen populations allowed to continue, evil would have continued to spread at an increasing rate until humanity was completely wiped out from sin.
|He trains my hands for war.|
God gave a provision for war. It is scriptural to provide protection for our families and our country against demonic forces that want to take us down. Had we not used this protection through the centuries of America’s existence, we would have been conquered by Nazism during World War II or been infiltrated by communism when threatened by Russia during the 60’s. America has come to the aid of countries all over the world since our inception and while not always successful at meeting the goal, such as in Vietnam and Korea, we have been willing to make the sacrifices to give of our resources for those weaker nations who needed assistance.
Veteran’s Day is a time to appreciate all those who have served our country. Without their willingness to wear the uniform and partake of the sacrifices of serving, we would not have the liberties won for us with the blood and sweat of our military.
Thank you for all who have served honorably, and God bless America!
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