For God and country

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 | Bishop E.W. Jackson, STAND | Pop Culture

Nothing makes me more proud and grateful to be an American than the many veterans who have sacrificed all in the cause of liberty. To those who wear the uniform today and agree to go into harm’s way for us, we say thank you. In behalf of those who voices are silenced in the graves that decorate our nation’s landscape, we are their voices. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. Their bravery will always set the standard for those who come behind them. 

Because of them and our faith in the God who raises up such men and women, we have hope. At a time when some misguided Americans disrespect our Flag and National Anthem, we take solace is the fact that many more have not only stood up, but faced violence and death for those symbols and what they represent. They are more than colors and a song. They represent the aspirations of the American people for freedom, virtue, opportunity and prosperity. They represent our desire to be “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

May you, your family and friends have a wonderful Memorial Day as you remember the sacrifices that made it possible. Enjoy the holiday with the hope, as Abraham Lincoln envisioned, that “these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

God bless you, and may He always bless the United States of America.