CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – Memorial Day Edition – 5/30/2021
Dear CSN newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. We are in our second year of existence in a hostile political environment! For those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at this time in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger that requires the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.
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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:1-13
This weekend Americans are celebrating Memorial Day in various ways. Citizens enjoy fun things with families or friends over the three-day holiday weekend, which also marks the unofficial commencement of summertime. However, last year during the reign of the COVID mandates, such fun events or vacations were impacted in an extreme way. In a state with an autocratic governor, life is still being impacted in restrictive ways. Memorial Day, however, if taken beyond the realm of all the fun things people do over the three day holiday weekend, can be taken very seriously, as it was long, long ago. However, if it is taken seriously, there is a risk that Memorial Day would not remain as a pleasant holiday due to its original and fundamental purpose. The message of light today deals with the origin of the holiday as a commemoration to deal with the painful experience of the nation’s loss of life on a massive scale in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
As a nation founded upon the Jiudeo-Christian values, with ideals focused on creating a Land of the Free, America has always faced extreme challenges – some were quite deadly and seriously destructive, as in the case of the Civil War. Yet, the heart of this holiday reveals a most genuine intent to honor those brave souls who had died to preserve and advance the challenges of true Freedom for the nation, but also for the rest of the world. One of the costs involved with seeking Freedom is that those who yearn for it, often are compelled to fight for it — even die for it. Truly, America was born through such an intense fight to establish the Land of the Free. And, following such logic, the Civil War was also an intense fight to retain the Land of the Free. True Patriots are in such a fight at the present time.
Our nation, whether people can comprehend it, or accept it, in many different battlefields has demonstrated to the world, and to our Father in Heaven, that “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” The cause of this nation, as Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense, is the cause of the entire world. The people of the world yearn for this same Freedom, yet the people of the world have not yet realized, in a fully developed manner, within a sufficient critical mass, the combined internal strength to truly be willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Freedom.
Sadly, the conditions for the War for Independence are not easily replicated in the rest of the world. The commitment of enough citizens to fight to preserve Freedom during the Civil War is not easily replicated. Nonetheless, the common bonds of people submitting their lives and their common will to God’s will for the sake of human progress can still be forged. The experiment of the Founders may have never been advanced without common people being willing to lay down their lives for their friends and their families and the future. Memorial Day commemorates this.
In addition to this message, we provide nine videos – many of them offer an honoring of this day in which we remember the ultimate sacrifice of those who served their country, or who fought and died for freedom. Some of these videos are very good as part of the Memorial Day weekend holiday and we recommend all of them.
We have five articles in our “Recommended Reading” section, and there are three that focus on the theme of Memorial Day, but there is one on Biden’s plan to use taxpayer money to pay the illegal aliens to not come across the border illegally. That ought to work real well. We’re also featuring a number of relevant presentations in our “Around the Republic” area.
For those who have not kept up with our “Citizen Voice” Live Video Programs, you may not want to miss Pastor Earl Wallace who rejoins us Monday – Memorial Day afternoon for the last of our Memorial Day live-streamed video presentations. Starting in June we will no longer offer the live-stream feature since the time slot seems too limited for a significant audience for viewing. Viewers can still catch the link to the recordings — all recordings are posted in several places on the internet. They will continue to be posted on the WCN-TV site. They are also on the Youmaker site: https://www.youmaker.com/channel/30dd354d-4de8-4a79-802f-659021debbc4
and the Strike Force of Prayer site: https://strikeforceofprayer.tv/
However, viewers would be able to see a description of each episode on our Citizen Sentinels Network site: https://citizensentinelsnetwork.com/category/citizen-voice/
Tune in Monday to our Citizen Sentinels “Citizen Voice” Live Video Programs. We ask that readers check out the half-hour program via live-streamed programs Monday afternoons from 1:30 – 2:30pm PDT or 4:30 – 5pm EDT, and all the relative times in between in local viewing areas. We are grateful for our hosts at Wisconsin Christian News network that are projecting the half-hour program on their site. You can tune in next Monday by accessing this link:
These words and images are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from our own timidity in taking greater responsibility to reflect His light into the darkness of our world and to be better stewards of that which God gave to us. May we repent for our failure to seek His Will, His Kingdom and His Righteousness.
Memorial Day: Remembering The Preciousness of Freedom
Memorial Day, in some ways, like the topic of death itself, has a tendency to conjure up issues people would rather not discuss. It is so much easier to do some backyard barbeque with family and friends (especially now that we know the COVID lockdowns are not based on medical rationale but on political manipulation). Sadly, in the backyard gatherings, or even planned public events, the deeper topic concerning those who sacrificed their lives for a higher purpose, is not fully addressed. It may be on people’s minds, in the deeper recesses of their thoughts, but talking about the willing sacrifice of one’s life for one’s nation, or for the greater cause of freedom, is not often a topic easily dealt with in a casual manner.
The real reason we celebrate Memorial Day is not to have an excuse for the backyard barbeques or a three-day weekend holiday. Memorial Day was born from the ashes of destruction and incredible loss as a result of the American Civil War. Tragically, over 620,000 men and boys died in the American Civil War, more than in any other war in which the United States has been involved. The incredibly painful experience of the loss of hundreds of thousands of men and boys prompted the Veteran’s Association to provide a practical means (initially known as “Decoration Day”) for those families and survivors to mourn and honor their loved ones and family members. Memorial Day was born as Lincoln prescribed in his Gettysburg Address — a day to honor those who gave their lives so that a nation so conceived and so dedicated could survive.
To Abraham Lincoln, it was not a certainty that the Union would prevail. It is difficult to reason differently when Lincoln used the words in his Gettysburg Address: “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived (conceived in Liberty) and so dedicated (dedicated to Equality) can long endure.” This sentiment was expressed by Lincoln in the middle of the war – not at the end. It is a sobering thought that such a nation, so conceived and so dedicated, had no assurance of lasting for any significant period of time. It is disturbingly similar to confronting one’s own mortality, although on a national scale.
The Civil War left the population devastated, in many ways, but in the years following the destruction, the nation managed to pull back together again. The country survived despite incredible odds that it would not. Unfortunately today, most Americans seem to take it for granted that the United States would have endured the civil war. However, hindsight is insulated from the intensity and turbulence of the moment. Additionally, as the nation moved beyond this incredibly dark time, Memorial Day continued to represent the day to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service to their nation on some distant or foreign battlefields. But, because of this passage of time, and other wars in other years, the original purpose for the creation of Memorial Day has grown dim in the minds of Americans.
Refreshing our understanding of Lincoln’s words in the Gettysburg Address can help us refresh our appreciation of the preciousness of Freedom itself. He delivered his address in November of 1863, just 87 years after the birth of the United States; it would be about a year and a half before the war ended. The U.S. was deeply politically divided and horribly embattled “in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” The nation was essentially fighting for its survival in such a dark and desperate time, and there was no guarantee the nation would be able to survive. New American patriots had to be willing to inherit the vision of the Founding Fathers, to take ownership of that inheritance, and to be willing to fight to preserve the very ideals of freedom established by the founding generations. American patriots in that time also had to be willing to lay down their lives for such an inheritance.
The Founders pursued the dream of independence from the centralized authority of Great Britain — independence from the absolute rule of the monarch whom they viewed as a tyrant. But, that dream of political independence from a tyrannical government was the dream of Freedom for all people. The Founding Fathers were in a state of mind that enabled them to “dream big.” They were descendants from a system of government that struggled with dreams of freedom from tyranny before. The Magna Carta represented the result of one such struggle to secure freedom. The English Civil War represented such a struggle for freedom from tyranny. But, those glorious efforts were not successful in establishing a land of freedom. Tyranny always rose up in one form or another, to pull people back down under the yoke of a monarch’s dominion, or as in the case of the French Revolution, the tyranny of the “people,” which represented blatant democracy.
Only the War for Independence established a foundation for Freedom. But, patriots had to be willing to lay down their lives for the sake of Freedom. Patrick Henry voiced what many were willing to do:
It is in vain sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun… Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry’s impassioned ultimatum reverberated throughout the colonies, and many patriots took his sincere sentiments to heart. They were willing to stand against British tyranny. In Lexington and Concord, brave men and boys willingly gave their lives for the sake of Freedom. There was no United States at that moment in time. There was no nation that would honor their deaths as they sacrificed all that they had – especially their precious lives. They gave their sweat, their tears, and also shed their blood for an ideal of Freedom.
In the same manner, those who were willing to sacrifice their lives for others’ freedom ignited the sentiments woven into Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln got it right in those desperate days of conflict in the Republic. He ultimately grasped that the “peculiar institution” of slavery in the South was the substantial antithesis of Freedom, and it was the spark behind the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln had prayed to God in his own struggle with this destructive institution that had been perpetuated from the days under colonial rule of the king. It was an ugly remnant of centralized authority under a tyrant.
Yet, it was the blood of patriots during the Civil War that advanced Freedom for all of the people. To carry forward the torch of Freedom is what Lincoln urged in his time, urging the survivors, the living, “to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
It is not that complex a task to recognize the “cause” for which the honored dead of the Union Army sacrificed their lives. It went far beyond “for the sake of their country,” far beyond a mere “nationalistic” goal. Abraham Lincoln’s conclusion expressed his hope was that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” This is what we have inherited. Patriots’ blood advanced the cause of Freedom. How precious do we hold Freedom? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Video Views – Onward and Upward!
From YouTube: “Once to Every Man and Nation” – 5/24/2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOGHCzuinBw
From My Faith Votes: A Memorial Day Message from Lt. Col. Allen West
Battle Hymn Of The Republic sung by Angel Primm (12/6/2007)
From FOX News: Widow of ‘American Sniper’ Navy Seal Chris Kyle shares Memorial Day message – 5/29/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAVsOEcyvmU
From Rylee Preston: AMAZING TRIBUTE by 15 year old Rylee Preston “Soldier’s Light” – 11/8/2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-_wAX1tV8
Taking Chance. A Memorial Day Tribute – 5/25/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo2HgOD292Y
From “Home Free” – God Bless the U.S.A. (featuring Lee Greenwood and The United States Air Force Band) – 7/1/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrMftm6Km3g
From Dutch Sheets Ministries: Dutch Sheets Prophetic Insight – God Is Gonna Do It ✴️ Must Watch | May 27, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1_u3zCDJ-s
From The United States Air Force Academy Band with the Colorado Springs Chorale “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” – 12/21/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04opcmByWsA
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
Memorial Day 2021
Air Force Reserve Public Affairs – 5/37/21 https://www.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2635604/memorial-day-2021/
From My Faith Votes: Memorial Day: The High Cost of Forgetting – 5/25/21 https://www.myfaithvotes.org/articles/the-high-cost-of-forgetting
From National Catholic Reporter Memorial Day called a reminder to nation ‘we better protect’ our freedom – 5/30/21
From The Daily Caller: Biden Admin Plans To Direct $861 Million To Central American Countries So That Their People Won’t Invade The Border – 5/28/21 https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/28/kamala-harris-mastercard-microsoft/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=daily_caller&utm_campaign=push
Review> From NBC: Survey finds ‘shocking’ lack of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Gen Z – Sixty-three percent of those surveyed did not know 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Over half of those thought the toll was under 2 million – 9/16/2020. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/survey-finds-shocking-lack-holocaust-knowledge-among-millennials-gen-z-n1240031
Around the Republic – What affects one, can affect all!
News From California –
From BTWN News: Breaking News | California Loses Lawsuit Against Church – 5/20/21
News From Louisiana –
From Let us Worship w/ Sean Feucht – “Let Us Worship” in Baton Rouge, LA – 5/24/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQV4zizi0QI
News From Missouri –
From Canada Free Press: St. Louis Mayor Guts the Police – 5/28/21
News From Oklahoma –
From Market Watch: A ‘powerful weekend’ in Tulsa, in memorial of 1921 massacre of Black residents – 5/30/21
News From Texas –
From NTD: Texas Senate Passes Major GOP-Backed Election Reform Bill – 5/30/21