Message To the Apostles

November 17, 2010
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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

If God loved His world so much as to give us His son,
should we send our sons
to die for our world?

Teenagers too young to crack open a can of liquid courage
become men as their controllers are replaced by guns.
This is no game. There is no reset button to undo
Corporal Matthew’s body crumpled up like a failed script.
What used to be Major Luke morphs into a pair of dog tags.
You can’t put this on pause.
Don’t doubt it, Private Simon, this is real.
Your brother’s face just got in a fight with lead and lost.
No respawns for Sergeant Marks.
His life snuffed out two miles away from headquarters.
Land mine put him to sleep. No more nightmares
about John the Medic, the giver of life
erased by a booby-trapped toddler.
An explosion that tore open the curtain of night
and exposed the innocence and youth in their faces.
You are the sons of sacrifice.

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mom's friend said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm

it's true they may have suffered here.

what about the eternal home they went to?

sometimes our Lord looks at things much differently than we do.

kgirl said...
Dec. 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Your message is an important one--it's more complicated though!  "...should we send our sons to die for our world?"  For the most part, "we" don't send our sons to die in this current war--the sacrificial lambs are the expendable youths; those whom our society encourages to give fully of themselves.  This "professional" military relies on those who volunteer for service.  Unfortunately, the majority of this volunteer force ends up being those young men whose choices are margi... (more »)
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