Memorial Day – May 2011

Let us be thankful for those who laid down their lives for our safety and freedom.  Let us recognize the great ethnic diversity of our American patriots.

Remember:

  1. The Native Americans who assisted early European settlers in their survival in America.  Without their assistance, settlement would not have been possible.
  2. The Native Americans who assisted during World War II  – Code Talkers (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker) 
  • Code talkers was a term used to describe people who talk using a coded language. It is frequently used to describe Native Americans who served in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service was very valuable because it enhanced the communications security of vital front line operations during World War II.
  • The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw Code Talkers.
  • Other Native American code talkers were deployed by the United States Army during World War II, including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were used for code talking by the US Marines during World War II in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.
3.  Remember the African American slaves and free men who fought in the U.S.A.’s                   war for independence from British tyranny.  
          
4.  Remember the African Americans who fought as “Buffalo Soldiers” in the                              western U.S.A.
          
5.  Remember the Tuskeegee Airmen, African Americans who fought in World War                 II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskeegee_airmen)
          
6.  Remember the many Puerto Ricans who have faithfully served in our armed                         forces.
          
7.  Remember that a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth laid down his life to save the                   whole world.
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The Messiah for All Nations

There are numerous passages in Holy Scripture that show God’s love for all mankind.  He so loved the world that Jesus was the sacrifice for Jews and Gentiles alike.  Jesus declared that the Gospel must be preached to all nations, and then (after it is preached to all nations) the end (His return for the Church) can come.

(Matthew 24:14 ESVEnglish Standard Version “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”)

One of the temptations we face daily is to judge others based upon their “earth suit” or physical appearance: skin color/shade, grade of hair, size of nose or ears, etc.  All of these external features have little to do with the true person wrapped up in that “earth suit.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. looked forward to a day when we would be “judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin.”  Let us be imitators of God and see others through His eyes of love, pardoning, forgiving, exercising mercy and forgiveness, compassion and patience!  I know I need as much patience as I can get from family and others close to me.  Let us remember that we are all God’s favorite children and that His message is Good News, not bad news.  Exclusion, hatred, prejudice, and racism sound like bad news to me… Enough of that.  Time to grow up people, into the image of our loving Heavenly Father, and we can do that as we develop a daily walk with Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior and Master.  It is time to Embrace the Nations, not hate them.

Scriptures For Meditation

Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. {It is…: or, Art thou lighter than that thou shouldest, etc} {preserved: or, desolations}

Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Lu 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Ac 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

Ac 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

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Judged by How We Treat Foreigners

Let’s consider the words of a Great Teacher, Jesus the Christ:

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

From the preceding passage, one can see that Jesus made a very serious statement, indeed a stern warning.  When we treat others well or ill, we are doing it to the Lord Himself.  How can this be?  Mankind is God’s creation, not an accident, not the result of an evolutionary process.  Mankind was formed in image and likeness of God.  How we treat others is a reflection of the love we have for God.  When we despise others and treat them poorly, even denying basic human rights, it is like slapping God in the face.  Clearly, there is judgment for how we treat others.

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The Seeds We Sow

I am sitting in Panera Bread with a friend discussing this new (to me) world of blogging.

I wonder, do we as a nation, as Christians, as humans treat others the way we would like to be treated?

Today I received a call from a teller-marketer.  This ticked me off a little since I supposedly signed up on the Do Not Call list.  I found myself telling this lady to take my number off of her system.  She insisted that she was not selling anything or soliciting… Whatever.  Anyhow, I fussed at her more than necessary.  I did not curse or talk about her mother or heritage, but did I treat her the way I would like to be treated if my job were to call potential customers… I’m just saying that we can all do a little better in how well we treat others… What do you think?

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Hello world!

Hello World!

I am excited about this opportunity to spark thoughtful, introspective and helpful dialogue with the purpose of prompting the Body of Christ to embrace the nations.  As a international spiritual body composed of born-again followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have an obligation to embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ.  This embrace extends to all regardless of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.  It is a Divine mandate that we exhibit the Agape love of God.  A selfless, other-sensitive love that causes us to passionately reach out to others regardless of what they can offer us in return…

My plea is that we pause, think, and do the Word of God – not merely mentally assent to its truth.

 

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