Veterans Day Meditation

For the first time in my adult life, I am not proud of my country. It breaks my heart, especially for those serving in uniform. But we know that, in Jesus, we will have the final victory.

In Revelation Chapters 1 to 3, the Lord God says,

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

Democrats may think they’re hot stuff these days, but God is the one in charge. He was here before them, He is here now, and He will still be here long after they are forgotten.

In those same chapters, Jesus tells us what reward awaits the victors — i.e., those who persevere in faithfully doing God’s will right to the end.

The victors will not be thrown with the damned into the eternal pool of fire at the final judgment, but will live forever with God. They will be “dressed in white”, which symbolizes their purity and their joy.

Two of the promises have special meaning for us in these disheartening post-election days. In the letter to Pergamum, the Lord promises to the victor a “white stone.”

In New Testament times, there was a custom in which jurors cast their votes by means of a stone. A white stone signified acquittal, a black one condemnation.

In Acts 26:9-10, Paul talks about his own persecution of the Christians before his conversion:

“I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them.”

According to http://whitestoneweb.com/index.php/archives/238, the word used for “vote” in this passage is the same word used for “stone” in the letter to Pergamum.

In other words, the victors will get Jesus’ vote for acquittal on Judgment Day.  Those who corrupted our earthly election process will have to do some serious repenting if they HOPE to CHANGE enough to be among the white stone crowd on THAT election day!

Finally, in the letter to Thyatira, Jesus promises,

“To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed.”

Ooh-rah.

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From the Book of Revelation, Chapters 1-3 (paraphrased for brevity and clarity only)
New American translation @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

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5 responses to “Veterans Day Meditation

  1. anonymous

    A honest open question; When the will of your God and the will of your church are at odds. Who’s will are you are expected to live by?

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      God.

      Churches are man-made institutions. They serve an important function in providing us a place and a community in which to worship, learn and fellowship, but they can become corrupted by sin, the same as any other man or man-made institution.

      Suggest you read The Shack by Wm P. Young. It contains the most powerful imagery I’ve ever experienced for understanding what God really wants from and with each of us.

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    • My honest, open answer would be that it’s a loaded question. There are many church communities and human church leaders, all with their own wills on small matters. But I know of only one Church here on earth, the Church that Jesus Christ founded, and it submits its will, entirely, to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It has no will of itself. To what are you referring when you say “will?” Do you mean teachings? And in what way, in grave matters, can the Church’s teachings contradict God’s will? Which one, in particular? The teaching that we not kill our babies in the womb? The teaching that we wage only just war? I suspect you are talking about some matter of administrative authority, such as, when someone’s marriage may be annulled. Something like that? In that kind of case, I’d go with Chrissy. You are always free to go with your perception of God’s will in your life, as revealed by the Holy Spirit, in your heart. I wouldn’t completely disregard the teaching authority of the Church, though, however you define it.

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      • anonymous

        While the intent was not loaded, there are several facets as you outlined and was trying to keep the question nonspecific. The church has no will itself, only individuals responsible for the interpretation and dissemination of teachings was what I looking at in the broad sense.

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