MERIDIAN — "1) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." — Heb. 12:1-2
This weekend celebrates Memorial Day. For many, Memorial Day means little more than the beginning of summer vacations. School is out and the beach and mountains call. However, Memorial Day should impact us with much more than our relaxation.
Memorial Day is meant to be a time to remember those who have paved the way for our freedom through the ultimate sacrifices they made in the fields of battle. Ever since the Civil War, soldiers who have died in the line of duty have been remembered.
To remember the price is to cherish the freedom bought. True celebration should be consummated, not with watermelon and ice cream, but with dedication and commitment to invest ourselves so that future generations enjoy the same blessings we know.
The writer of Hebrews expressed the same resolve in Heb. 12:1, 2. He described biblical patriots as witnesses to our efforts to express our faith. I imagine a scene where Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and so many more cheer the efforts of the next one in line as each generation struggles with faith as life challenges our resolve.
On this Memorial Day, Christians have two fronts to remember. One is for the national price of freedom. The other is for the biblical price of faith. At both fronts, a call for us to join is heard.
Let’s join the parade of faithful this Memorial Day. Let’s commit ourselves to be strong and courageous. The times we live in need those who will stand for integrity, holiness, godliness, and love. May all of us put our names on the list as we live our lives.
Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www. psdbc.org.