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November 9, 2013

A positive minute: Veterans Day

There’s an old song that has been sung predominately in African American churches entitled, “I’m a soldier in the Army of the Lord.”

It’s a peppy tune and one that I have played many times as I accompanied, on the organ, some choirs in years gone by.

The song is sung with great emotion and as the voices blend together, with hands clapping, it just puts one in a mood of certain joy and elation to think that we are all a part of this contingency of people who believe in a common cause for God – and that means spreading good news to as many as we can.

We have sung the hymn many times, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” The more contemporary worship services may never sing this hymn, but it is important to understand that all Christians are in warfare with the enemy of their soul.

With the growth of other religions, Christianity is under fire just as it always has been. The difference is we have access to instant communication and we hear about the atrocities against our Christian brothers and sisters much more quickly.

A few weeks ago, I viewed a video where a priest and some other Christians were led into the open area, and there the leader read the charges and the executioner stood behind the priest. At a certain point in the reading of the charges, the executioner took his foot and pushed the kneeling priest to the ground. The video provider blacked out the screen just before the executioner lowered the weapon of his choice to kill the priest.

This did not happen hundreds of years ago, it happened just a few weeks ago. On another occasion, a group of radical Islamic militants entered a monastery and as the priest was trying to talk to the group, they opened gunfire and killed the priest.

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