Memorialize This

So in the U.S. today is Memorial Day. A day to remember and honor those soldiers who have died fighting in war, serving their country whether it was right or wrong. Bearing this in mind I couldn’t help but think of the song “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.” To a certain extent, this song comes out of the expectation that God takes sides in wars. Here in the U.S. it’s widely touted that God is on our side every time we go to war. Now last October (in Choosing Sides), God told me that he never takes sides in war.
Today I asked him how that applied to the fallen soldiers. If he doesn’t take sides, where does that leave them?

He said that you can look at it like a parent. You’re driving down the highway of life and you’ve got three kids in the back seat. The smallest of the three is sitting in the middle happily reading a book when the two older kids start poking at each other and goading each other, eventually escalating into a full on fight. The poor kid stuck in the middle has to get into the fight too, whether he wants to or not, but even though he’s punching and elbowing as much as the other two it’s not his fault. Eventually, you can get them settled back down, without having to turn the car right around, but it takes a while for you to get your sanity back and really relax again.

So when you stop to get something to eat, you give the kids a stern lecture about how to behave in restaurants. And then the kid in the middle, he’s the only one that gets to have dessert.

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