Sermon: Proper Memorials and the Right Spirit

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Given 29-May-21; 39 minutes

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The result of the 1968 Tet Offensive, an attack from North Vietnamese and Communist Viet Cong forces against South Vietnamese and American forces, was similar to the result of the report the ten spies gave to the children of Israel as they stood at the entrance of the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14). In both cases, that result was a dispirited people who respectively fled Vietnam in defeat and rejected God's command to take the Promised Land. Caleb and Joshua withstood the fearmongering tactics of the ten faithless spies by calling to mind the providence God had shown toward Israel, from leading the people out of slavery with a high hand—straight to the gates of Canaan. Just as the children of Israel forgot the deeds and promises of God, so the United States Congress, with its 1968 Uniform Holiday Act, carelessly turned Memorial Day, a long-standing day of memorial, into a three-day holiday, moving the spotlight from soldiers enduring deprivation in foreign lands, sacrificing to protect freedom, to flippant homebound civilians seeking only fun and frivolity. Liberals, led by Abbie Hoffman, Bernadine Dorn, have turned respect for the military into hatred for the United States, a position currently held by the current Administration and legislature of the American government. God's people must remember their Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1), faithfully recognizing that the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 are conditional, applying only to those who obey His law.

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