November 9, 2009 9:44:00 AM
On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and especially its Christian heritage.
As we reflect on the supreme sacrifices our soldiers made for us we should call to mind the sad fact that we have largely failed in our own duties to be worthy heralds of their distinguished legacy.
Today, unlike in past times, religious sentiments are increasingly ranked among the unwelcome leftovers of antiquity. Symbols such as the Cross, the Ten Commandments, nativity scenes, and even the name "God" are being held up to scorn and ridicule. Everything in public life risks being desacralised -- persons, places, pledges, prayers, practices, words, sacred writings, religious formulae, symbols, ceremonies.
As religious life grows diffident we see the most momentous matters placed among trifles, and trivialities glorified. Values and norms that held societies together and drew people to higher ideals are laughed at and thrown overboard. Jesus continues to be ridiculed.
Where our soldiers fought bravely so that we might have a better future, our generation lacks true concern for the future. This is evident in our over-use of resources, the degradation of the environment, the oppression of women, the neglect of family values, the ignoring of ethical norms and the abandonment of religious traditions.
On Nov. 11 let us pause to honor the fallen. Let us also pause to evaluate our own lives -- the Christian lives our soldiers won for us.
Terry Lucas, Columbus
KJ commented at 11/9/2009 12:18:00 PM:
Soldiers...soldiers won you your Christian life? I thought Jesus did that when he died for your sins. Soldiers protect your right to be a practicing Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim, or not religious at all. We should honor soldiers for what they do and not co-opt the respect they have earned for the promotion of our own selfish agendas.
We pay them too little, we begrudge them their benefits when they come home and make them prove their disabilities before we help them, hold up their benefits with paperwork instead of awarding them the benefit of the doubt, and we twist their sacrifice to score political points. This Veterans Day we should commit to putting them in harm's way for actual goals that further our country, not our leaders' personal agendas; we should commit to paying soldiers fair wages so their families don't have to subsist on food stamps and welfare; we should commit to rewarding veterans for their service with swift and professional care (there are better ways to save a buck than warehousing injured vets and delaying their benefits); and we should take the time to offer a personal "Thank you!" to those who have served and to those who they have left behind. Transitioning out of the military can be very stressful and difficult. Be a friend to a vet, lend them an ear, give them a place to go for personal support.
Atheists commented at 11/10/2009 9:23:00 AM:
We're citizens too, Terry. 100% citizens just like you.
Marty commented at 11/12/2009 8:38:00 AM:
How many communities and countries is Terry Lucas from? If he lies about this - how good a Christian is he really. Just try it/ Google his last sentence and signature. He is from dozens of communities and at least two countries. Which makes him a LIAR.
belle commented at 11/12/2009 12:56:00 PM:
thanks for posting Marty, I googled him and found copies of this letter everywhere! Makes you wonder.
1. Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health NATIONAL COLUMNS