I hope you all will join me today in taking a few minutes out to remember our fallen heroes, and the sacrifices made by the families they left behind. This does not mean we must support the wars. I hate most of America’s wars and have opposed most in my lifetime, but those who serve didn’t start any of them. In my opinion, it is appropriate to to hate the wars, as long as we love, honor and respect the warriors.
Whether or not you are a Christian, I respectfully invite you to join me in the celebration of the my faith’s most central holiday.
Jesus was a fascinating man. He associated most closely with the social rejects of his day. He respected people with faiths different from his. He did not burn their religious writings or try to prevent them from their own forms of worship. He had a heart for meeting the needs of the poor, and admonished us to care for them. His concern for the rich was that their own greed would blind them. He had no trouble getting along with sinners. He met people at the point of their need, and accepted all except for the religious hypocrites who used their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor and to force their own piety codes, which they often ignored themselves, onto others. Those were only people Jesus condemned.
If we are followers of Jesus, our faith will help us to act the way he did. Of course, none of us is perfect in that way. God knows that I fall short every day. But it is important to know that those who offer an example of the things Jesus was against, but condemn those who contend for the things Jesus supported are not followers of Jesus. The only authentic Christians are those who are followers of Jesus, a distinction lost on far to many.