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Memorial Day as a Christian Holiday

We are living in a time when politics, the possibility of war at least somewhere in the world, religious persecution, and a host of other issues are an everyday reality. Often we don’t agree with our government, yet we are reminded of our call to patriotism by holidays such as Memorial Day.

How do we honor a country whose own constituents are so divided religiously, economically, and morally while still honoring our Heavenly Father? The truth is that patriotism, like all other kinds of loyalties, has the ability to draw us closer to God but also to make us question if our acts are portraying us as anything less than a “good” Christian.

How can someone patriotically fight for his country and be a good Christian? Well for one thing, God teaches us we should give of ourselves. Defending our country and protecting the lives of its constituents is one way to do this. It’s certainly not wrong to love your country, as long as God holds the highest priority.

Going to war is a necessity. Although the Bible instructs us that we should “if it is possible, as far as it depends on [us], live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18), we realize there will always be times of war, as well as times of peace: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:…a time for war and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8b).

Perhaps the struggle is really in deciding whether or not we’re fighting for the right side. I don’t know about you, but as long as I can look forward to joining our Heavenly Father, I know my fighting will never be for naught and the possibility of death isn’t something to be feared.

– Candace Morehouse, NHCF Secretary

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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