All of us recognize that our nation faces grave challenges. Whether it’s the crushing national debt, unemployment, an upside down housing market, or the extreme crisis of leadership in D.C., it’s easy to despair of these formidable problems. No elected official or candidate has the apparent courage and ability to lead us back to our constitutional foundations of limited government.
But on this Memorial Day, I encourage you to think back to the other challenges our great nation has confronted. Our extraordinary people have stood up to a world super power with a fledgling, ragtag army in the Revolutionary War. Only several decades later, we faced down that same power again in the War of 1812. In the next half a century, Americans fought a devastating Civil War that threatened to rip us apart. Other exceptional challenges followed, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
At each challenge, our nation’s veterans answered the call. From the patriots of Lexington-Concord to the Greatest Generation, it was our military that selflessly sacrificed their blood to protect the God-given freedoms that our sacred Constitution was designed to protect.
On this 2011 Memorial Day, please remember that this same Patriot spirit is alive and well, represented by the hundreds of thousands serving in the U.S. armed services. Endless deployments, constant danger, and spilled blood mark their exceptional sacrifice.
Let us join together in seeking God’s Providence for their protection. Let us be encouraged that this warrior spirit will see this nation through its current struggles. And let us never forget that the United States is the bright Shining City on a Hill, exceptional amongst the nations.