George Washington formed two units: Infantry and Chaplains. He knew his men needed to be physically and morally equipped for combat. Yet, in today’s army, religious liberty is being denied in our armed forces. Executive Director of Chaplain Reliance for Religious Liberty, Ron Crews, said on the 700 Club on February 9; “A soldier in Afghanistan was accused of hate speech by his commander because he had a Bible in his desk.”
My father, before boarding the boat for Italy during World War II, was given a small Bible autographed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with this inscription:
“As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.”
My husband was given a Bible signed by President Eisenhower before stepping onto an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam War. What has happened to our nation “under God”?
The power of the Bible can change lives and break the chains of hate. Our presidents and leaders in the past knew this truth. Could this be the reason Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is so wide spread in our armed forces?
“Starting Life over Again,” Billy Graham’s sermon spoken in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1994, states, “God will forgive you of your murders and crimes.” Jesus’ blood shed upon the cross at Calvary has cleansed us of all sin. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believe in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24
Being renewed through the grace and truth of Christ’s Holy Spirit can break our chains of hate. (John 3:5-19) Good works and knowledge are not enough to get you to heaven. John 1:12, 13 states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Amidst the haze of gun smoke, the Connecticut Militia watched the bright red coats of the powerful British Army flapping in the breeze of their defeat, and the Declaration of Independence was written with these unforgettable words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Our forefathers knew that Jesus Christ was the key that opens wide the door to Liberty. The reason America is great is because we serve a Great God and why our servicemen, through the clutches of adversity, humbly kneel beneath Jesus’ blood-soaked cross.
I urge every serviceman and American to acquire a Bible. What has proven true throughout America’s past will hold true for this generation. “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:28
All above Bible verses are taken from The New King James Version