May 26, 2008

MEMORIAL DAY

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:49 am by randallbutisingh

MEMORIAL DAY

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside for all Americans to honour the brave men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country. War, to the pacifist is in no situation justifiable. It removes the cream of the population and robs them of growth and the opportunity of achievement and success. To say the least, war is dehumanizing.

In honoring our brave ones we have to consider how many, in the eyes of most of their countrymen, were thrust into a situation which should not have been, resulting in the unnecessary death of thousands of our young men and the disabling of many, some more seriously. And that is not all; tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and injured, and hundreds of thousands were forced to seek refuge with its concomitant of suffering and privation, and a burden to the countries that have given them refuge. Unfortunately, this war has been condoned by born again Christians who profess to follow the teachings of Jesus.

It is time to heed the writing on the wall. We cannot divide humanity. All men are equal in the sight of God whether they are Jews, Christians, Muslims or Hindus. To divide is to cause conflict.
Justice needs to be meted out to all in the same manner or we shall all perish. The time for beating our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks is now. Hear the frequent warnings of Mother Nature! A signal for positive action by a united world

— Randall Butisingh

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2 Comments »

  1. stushie said,

    Memorial Day Sonnet

    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember what my freedom cost,
    By those who gave their all to keep me free,
    Whose lives were sacrificed, but never lost.
    I will remind myself of what they did,
    And keep them dearly cherished in my heart;
    Their honor never from me shall be hid
    And I will know they always did their part
    To save our nation and its people here,
    To pledge their lives in defense of our ways,
    To show that freedom always outlives fear,
    And sacrifice is hallowed all our days.
    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember those who kept me free.

    © John Stuart 2008
    Pastor at Erin Presbyterian Church,
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Audio at:
    [audio src="http://media.libsyn.com/media/stushie/Memorial_Day.mp3" /]

  2. Thanks Pastor Stuart for that sonnet. It may be good poetry; but inconsistent with reality. Know that if you have enemies, even one, you can never be free. Liberty is gained, not by trying to subdue your enemies, you aggravate hatred, but as our greatest president Abraham Lincon said; “Am I not destroying my enemy when I make him my friend?” This world is full of hate. We fail to see that we are all interrelated, interconnected and interdependent. You who are Christians know too, that mankind was made in the image of God; not one particular group, but all men. When we abuse another, it is like abusing God. We are all the time seeing the result of the divisive policy of race, religion and politics, but the time is not far off when a global calamity will force nations to beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, and to see the sense in peaceful coexistence and cooperation.


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