Today is Memorial Day. The day in which Americans all across America are supposed to give pause and respect to those who gave their lives in military service to keep America free.
Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” shortly after the Civil War, to honor those who fought in that rather egregious conflict on American soil over the slave issue.
Later, it was adopted and renamed Memorial Day in 1971, to honor all Americans who had died in all military engagements fighting for their country all around the world.
It has to take a special kind of person to fight and die for others, especially when those others frequently forget and then take for granted the very thing fought and died for, which is freedom. That is when memorializing the honorable and the brave becomes a mockery.
While there will be some, typically those closest to a loved one who gave of him- or herself in battle to preserve what fleeting freedoms Americans still enjoy, and vast majority will not give Memorial Day a second thought. To them, it is a three-day fun-fest, and the unofficial start of summer.
However, the real mockery occurs the rest of the year, when those same so-called “American” revelers do and think everything under the sun to undermine the very thing those in uniform fought in the first place to secure.
Evidence of contradictory behavior and thought is seen in electing Presidents and political representatives who repeatedly fail to uphold their oaths of office. One has to wonder who left the largest footprint on the fallen American soldier’s grave in that instance; the elector or the elected.
Then, there are all those stellar legal minds out there who became such by attending only the finest law schools and universities around the country.
Instead of acknowledging the Great Law Giver in all their decision-making, they thumb their nose at Him, and proceed to resurrect dead on arrival humanistic theories to impose on the American public, thereby breaking their backs economically, emotionally, and practically.
Is it not also ironic that many of those allegedly representing the country, politically, are these supposed highly educated lawyers? You know, the very ones who repeatedly send our men and women in uniform into armed conflict, usually without any well-defined strategy to actually defeat the enemy and win the battle?
Thirdly, and speaking of educators, some of whom are upstanding Americans doing their very best to train our youth, so that they will not grow up to become wards of the state.
Yet, a vast majority of the remaining educators, especially at the collegiate and university levels, are nothing more than subversives and rebels without a cause.
Having been influenced by the ungodly philosophies of men, they see it as their missions in life to destroy America through the implementation of Communist/Socialist/Marxist ideologies and turn America away from striving after excellence and the worship of God and into a society where mediocrity is praised along with the worship of the self.
Self-worship is especially seen in the explosion of gay rights mandates, $15/hour protesters at fast food joints, the condoning of illegal immigration, all the way to professional sports, whereby the players and owners are no longer really part of a team, but a business. Where the contracts that are signed are about as valuable as the ink used to sign them.
Self-worship is also pervasive all across the land in the form of false spirituality. From Joel Osteen to Glenn Beck to the alter call to “accept Jesus” in a majority of “Christian” churches, America is literally steeped in one idolatrous practice, doctrine, or belief after another. And it is bound to only get worse.
All of this, and more, makes a mockery of what Memorial Day is supposed to be about. In many ways, from what goes on in the White House to what goes in the church house, it renders the efforts of those who have died for their country vain.
So, today is Memorial Day. A day where all Americans should pay their respect to those who have served their country with honor.
It is something that ought to be done the other 364 days of the year as well. But, that is wishful thinking, because it does not comport with reality.
Some will remember, no doubt, at least briefly, while the rest will not. Then, it will be back to “give us bread and give us the circus, for tomorrow we die” philosophy of life, as we trample on the graves of those who preceded us.
What a tragedy. What a shame. What a mockery.