Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

From Blog10

Monday is Memorial Day in the USA. It's a day when we remember those who died in our nation's wars. Patriotism can be a good thing if we remember that any goodness in our country is merely a dim reflection of the perfection of the Lord's Kingdom.

Here's a poem I wrote some years ago for Memorial Day.

4 comments:

Gary said...

A good poem. I like how you (in this post) seek to temper nationalism with an understanding that God's ways are higher.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Gary.
I love my country, but hate it when the church takes part in blind nationalism. As a warning against that, I keep (but not on display) a banner my Dad brought home from World War II Germany. It's red; says "Evangelische Kirche Dillingen" (Evangelical Church of Dillingen) and has a swastika. I think Dad kept it for the same reason.

I was saddened by a local church's sign this week saying, "We're USA Proud." I realize that they meant nothing deep by it, but the church should call people to put their pride in the Lord. We can love our nation deeply and even die to preserve it, but let's not say that as Christians we should be proud of it. Maybe I'll expand (or contract) these thoughts into a separate post one of these days.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Somehow I missed the link and didn't see and read your poem till just now. It is a very good poem.

I don't know if you know (via the internet) my Orthodox brother Eric John, but he is an ex-serviceman with Arabic speaking ability who was recently sent again to the Middle East. He posted a poem for Memorial Day which, though long and somewhat hard for me (at least) to understand, seems a good poem. I'd like to share it with you. Here's the link:
http://forty-days-in-the-desert.blogspot.com/2010/05/on-memorial-day.html

Hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Romanós. The poem he quoted is powerful. I left a comment on his blog.