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The Truth about Memorial Day

Memorial Day or Remembrance Day   

    This weekend many people will celebrate Memorial Day by going to the beach.  And many will celebrate Memorial Day by doing what great American have traditionally done, shopped and bought Chinese goods.  Can you think of a more meaningful way to honor the fallen soldiers?  (Sarcasm intended)  Others will celebrate with a picnic.  Perhaps a few will go down to the parade and watch some veterans drive past.  In Portsmouth Virginia we have the oldest Memorial Day parade and I encourage you to watch it.  It is great to honor the veterans and those still in the service.
    When I was in Europe, I visited many cemeteries from World War I.  At Verdun France there were numerous cemeteries and the French cemeteries had rows and rows of memorial stones.  Most tomb stones were white crosses, a few had the Star of David on them, while the Moroccan and Tunisian soldiers had Arabic looking tombstones with Arabic script on them.  The German ones almost always had one verse inscribed on them:  John 15:3: “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for his friends.”  If the entire verse was not inscribed, then the reference would be inscribed:  John 15:3.  What a statement commending the soldiers who died.  As the old saying goes, “All gave some, some gave all.”  I think about the Confederate cemeteries here in the Old Dominion.  In Norfolk there are the Elmwood and Cedar Grove Cemeteries where over eight-hundred Confederates are buried.  What is sad with the cemeteries is all those soldiers died for a lost cause.  They gave their all but in the end, it was a futile death.  So many dead.
    I then think of Jesus Christ, and what a contrast.  Instead of eight-hundred soldiers in one of many cemeteries, only one man had to die and He was successful in what He accomplished.  In Christ’s death, believers go from a down-trodden Lost Cause to a Triumphal Parade, far better than victory ticker-tape parades through New York City.  Further, because Jesus Christ is God-Man, He rose from the dead and then ascended to heaven.  So this Memorial Day I plead with you to remember the dead and honor them.  Without their sacrifice, we would have no freedom.  But more importantly, celebrate Memorial Day by celebrating Christ’s victorious death.  He was the ultimate soldier and He paid the ultimate sacrifice.  He also won the ultimate victory by conquering Satan and satisfying God the Father with His blood.  In Christ we have victory.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Movie Review: Expelled

Can we have a civil debate?

The movie Expelled has not been well received by the American public, and that proves the movie's point.  There should be a place for debate.  If you have not seen the movie, please do so - Ben Stein does a wonderful job of looking into the controversial subject of Intelligent Design.  He has also done work for trying to stop developers tearing up War Between the State battlefields, so he is used to controversy. 
    The film was well done, portraying the lack of academic freedom in American academia and some inconsistencies of evolution.  Perhaps the best part of the film was Ben Stein's interview with the evolutionist-atheist Richard Dawkins.   Richard Dawkins agrees with Ben Stein that life on earth is too complicated to start from nothing.   But it is here that the paths diverge.  Richard Dawkin's solution is to believe that the evolutionary process that did not work in this world, somehow worked better in a different world.  These people then sent space ships to this earth while it was still without form and jump started our process with life.  Ben Stein questions why the same process that  could not create life on this planet could create life on another planet.  When Ben Stein asked Richard Dawkins if God could be involved, Richard Dawkins immediately said no.  When pressed, Dawkins admits that because he is an atheist, therefore he can not believe in God.  Dawkin believes that because life is too  complicated to start on this earth, and because God does not exist, therefore aliens from another planet had to start life on this planet.  Here is a clear case where Dawkin's preconceived ideas (there is no God), forces him into a rather ridiculous scenario.
    Thus Dawkins states that even with alien force introducing life, it took billions of years before we could send someone to the moon.  But some how, another planet, using the same evolutionary process, was able to do all of that and send a space ship to this planet while it was still goo. 

Bottom line:  the movie Expelled is not a Christian movie as some claim.  Ben Stein is, after all, a Jew.  It is a movie about academic freedom and the complexity of life.  It also shows the dangers of monolithic thinking.  You have freedom as long as you agree with "Big Brother," which in this case is Darwinian evolution.