We Certainly Owe our Veterans Respect and Honor

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:7)

Romans 13:7 is likely the clearest word in the Bible on the relationship between the Christian and government. While Paul likely had the governing authorities in mind when he instructed to honor those we owe honor, certainly our Veterans are extensions of the implications of this text.

Absentee voting is going on this week with a November 18 election date. In our area, we have a state-wide Treasurer’s Race along with several local tax proposals. We ought never to cast a vote without thinking about and thanking veterans. I heard about a week ago that the expected turnout in Lafayette Parish is predicted to be about 6%. This is unconscionable to me. May I make a heartfelt plea to get informed and go vote!

So, what are you going to be doing this Veteran’s Day? Let me offer 4 ideas of how to spend this Veteran’s Day Weekend.

1. Thank God for calling men and women to military service and instilling in them the courage to protect our country at their own peril. The thanksgiving prayers of the Bible come to mind. For example, as recorded in Philippians 1:3, Paul prayed, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

2. Thank a veteran. Buy a meal, make a phone call, or reach out in some personal way to a veteran in your community.

3. Teach the Children—Make an intentional effort to talk to a child or teenager about the sacrifices of veterans.

4. Talk to God about our country. Pray today that we might be the kind of nation worthy of the sacrifices of our veterans.

Our Christian School, First Baptist Christian School, is hosting a Veteran’s Day Chapel Service Friday, November 10, at 8:15 a.m. in our Sanctuary. We would love to have you. This chapel service is open to the public.

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