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)

As you know, Sunday is Veterans Day. This year’s observance is special in that this is the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.

Thursday, I had the awesome privilege to attend a ceremony and offer prayer at the send-off of veterans from our area to Washington, D.C. Brookshire’s Store (Super One) is the sponsor of this wonderful program called Honor Air which brings veterans to Washington.

This morning (Friday), I attended our Christian School’s Veterans Day program.

I am thankful for both of these opportunities to pray for veterans and teach our children to honor our veterans.

Romans 13:7 has certainly been at the forefront of our minds this week. Here 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. I think it is fitting that we voted this week. We ought never to cast a vote without thinking about and thanking veterans.

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

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.