To Honor is to Remember

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes …” – Romans 1:16, NIV

By Jim Grassi

On this past Memorial Day weekend our attention was focused upon those individuals who sacrificed so greatly to preserve the freedoms and the peace we enjoy. Patriotic Americans lined many main streets around the nation to participate in parades honoring those who served in our military. To honor is to remember!

We are neither ashamed nor embarrassed to be called Americans. Many of us proudly display flags or other symbols that proclaim our allegiance to the nation we serve. Recently I received an email from a friend that reminded me of how we should identify with Christ.

The questions raised: Are you embarrassed to be identified as a Christian? How do you identify with the cause of serving Christ? Are you PROUD TO BE A CHRISTIAN?

“The Apostle Paul was converted to Christianity when he was confronted by a Heavenly vision and unique experience on the road to Damascus. As a result of his becoming a devoted follower of Christ and a passionate proclaimer of the gospel, he suffered innumerable trials – including being thrown into prison for his faith.

In spite of all that happened to him, he was so convinced of the reality of Jesus Christ and the gospel message that he boldly said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel (God’s good news of salvation) “because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who

Sadly, today, there are so many folks in places where they are being terribly persecuted and even killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. May those of us in the free world continually remember the great missionaries who are suffering for Jesus today.

And for all who are followers of Christ may the words of hymn writer, Joseph Grigg, be true for each of us:

Ashamed of Jesus sooner far
Let evening blush to own a star ….
And O, may this my glory be,
That Christ is not ashamed of me.

I wish to stand tall when confronted by others for my faith. Scripture reminds us that we have a responsibility to identify with Him who we love and serve. “And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the Day of Judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy because he loves us and we love him too.” − 1 John 4:17 LB

“Dear God, thank you for the wonderful privilege of being a part of your family. Today I pray especially for all who are suffering because they are followers of you. Grant them your peace, security and safety in the midst of their frightening circumstances. And for those who live in free lands, may we never take our blessings for granted, but in deep appreciation for all you have done for us help us to serve you faithfully all the days of our lives. And help us not only proudly wave the flag of our nation, but to hold up The Cross of our Savior and Lord. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s Reflect
What are the things you might consider to become more visible about your faith?

When you honor our flag and nation have you considered those who founded this great country and the price they paid for being able to worship without the influence of government?

Have you thanked a veteran this week?