It’s Memorial Day, a day to remember, honor and appreciate sacrifices made for our freedom.
Our family in Norway, Denmark and the USA fought during WWII. Some fought in Viet Nam and recently served in Afghanistan and Iraq. I honor them.
In church yesterday we prayed for Gold Star families and applauded a band of brothers and sisters from the local VFW.
Flags flap in the breeze, colorful reminders of parades and picnics to come for many, but not all.
The NFL’s recent ban on kneeling during the singing of the national Anthem leaves me puzzling on what it really means to be a patriot.
Is it someone who supports their country ( the flag) without question or as the Urban dictionary defines,” a real patriot is someone who loves their country enough to speak up when they see something that needs to be changed.”?
Our anthem begins, “O say can you see…?”
What do we see or assume when someone kneels or stands?
Is kneeling about disrespecting our flag or flagging issues of racial injustice in our country?
Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird speak of our history of injustice, as does recent news of tasering and cuffing a black NBA player over a parking violation.
We sing, “what so proudly we hailed?”
A few years ago Jud and I took a European river cruise with good friends. We travelled inland and saw the vast parade grounds for the Nazi party’s rallies during the 1930s in Nuremberg, Germany. Thousands stood (what would have happened if anyone kneeled?), saluted and shouted, “Heil, Hitler!”
It matters who and what we “so proudly hail.”
When I read the Washington Post’s May 24th article by Phillip Bump concerning Pew research’s findings,” The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees are white evangelical protestants,”
Who are we hailing by halting?
What are we Bible readers to do with words in Exodus 22 to not mistreat foreigners, but remember we were once strangers, foreigners? What are we to do with God’s requirement in Micah 6:8 ” To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”(NIV)
What makes us “the land of the free and the home of the brave”?
Kneelers and standers.
Citizens and strangers.
We, without fear of reprisal or deportation, voice our convictions.
For most of us, it’s been a few years since we’ve been a kid in a classroom, standing, pledging allegiance to the flag,
We pledged to be “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Time to flag that promise to assure “liberty and justice for all.”
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