Veterans Day is this week. Thus, I believe it is appropriate to revisit the concept of patriotism. Many men and women have gone to great lengths to secure certain liberties for the rest of us—for that we should be thankful.
A patriot is a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies and detractors.
Some excerpts from the Civil War era newspaper known as the Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA) might give some insight.
June 12, 1861: Mrs. Milligan made and raised with her own hands a flag to inspire others and vowed to “never let it be injured.”
April 8, 1863: Mrs. Russell was delivered the sword of her fallen husband. Her response: “I mourn the death of my husband, but my greatest regret is that none of his sons are old enough to take his place to battle for our liberties.”
February 3, 1864: Mrs. Law passed through Atlanta and gave out 500 blankets and 1,500 pairs of socks.
Historical examples such as these teach us a few things about patriotism. Patriots encourage each other . . . they fight for each other . . . they help each other.
What if we were more concerned about a different “homeland” (Heb 11:14-16; Phil 3:20)?
A spiritual patriot recognizes that their home is with God and they will do all that is in their power to defend His Name and to encourage and help one another. Let us vigorously support and be prepared to defend the Church!
Let us fight for each other!