Theirs Was a Better Generation

This in part was sent to me and was too true not to pass on. 

Has Hollywood lost touch with American values? - Los Angeles Times

Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan?  UH, Almost NONE.

The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $36 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001, and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers.

[I will add here, that while I have no real issue with anyone not enlisting, I have real issues with folks not supporting our troops. It is one thing to disagree with war efforts another altogether to disparage those fighting for your freedom to open your mouth.]

Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not America today than it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened. My generation grew up watching, being entertained by, and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.

Like millions of Americans during WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn’t question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw.
 
They took it as their “responsibility”, their “duty” to the Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come. As a member of a later generation, I’m forever humbly in their debt!

Click on the link below to see nearly 100 of the many Hollywood elitist who put it all on the line when it mattered. 

America’s Greatest Generation

Four Chaplains Day

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Four Chaplains Day: Sinking of USAT Dorchester & Courageous Self-Sacrifice

On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark, freezing waters near Greenland.

At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport’s flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes. The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche and Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors. 

In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil, and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life jackets:

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“There are some principles worth fighting for & worth dying for”

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I am one of those who believe there are some principles worth fighting for & worth dying for” -U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

 The morning of December 7, 1941, Rev. Peter Marshall addressed the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, class of ’42. 

At the last minute, he set aside his prepared remarks and preach a prophetic message, “Go Down, Death.” 

Within an hour after he finished, news of Imperial Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor spread across the nation. 

Peter Marshall stated: 

“I am one of those who believe that there are some principles worth fighting for and worth dying for if need be.”

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Less We Forget – WWII Battle of the Bulge during freezing winter 1944-45

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WWII Battle of the Bulge during freezing winter 1944

“I call upon every man of all the Allies, to rise now to new heights of courage … We will, with God’s help, go forward to our greatest victory” – -Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe

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Daily Devotional – “This Little Babe”

Christ Child - Wikipedia

Gen 3:15, Jeremiah 23:5, John 1:14, 1 Corinthians 15:57

COMMENTS

For most of us when we think of Christ’s birth we conjure up images formed by singing Christmas Carols like Away in the MangerThose images are, like the picture above, at least for me, always angelic, peaceful and joyous.  

What if I told you there was another version of that same scene? In an earlier post today entitled Britten’s Ceremony of Carols,  I read about for the first time a Christmas carol called “This Little Babe”

CONTEXT 

The text of the carol is a part of the poem “New Heaven, New War” by 16th century  English Jesuit Priest and  poet Robert Southwell (1561?-1595). Southwell spent a decade  or so of ministry as a Catholic priest during the foment of the English Reformation and was finally arrested, killed by hanging, drawing, and quartering. 

While most Christmas Carols celebrate the birth of Christ, this one celebrates the reason Christ has come as man. The text explores the apparent contradictions that came with the birth of Christ, with God becoming man and enacting His plan of salvation.

The music is from, Benjamin Britten, what is unique is the where and why he composed it. Having spent a few years in North America he decided to return home to his beloved England, the problem it was 1942 and WWII was underway. Crossing the Atlantic under constant threat of German U-Boat attack was no easy feat in 1942. 

I chose today’s bible verses because each reminds me of a part of the story within the poem:

1 This little Babe so few days old
Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at His presence quake,
Though He Himself for cold doth shake;
For in this weak unarmed wise
The gates of hell He will surprise.

2 With tears He fights and wins the field,
His tiny breast stands for a shield;
His battering shot are babish cries,
His arrows looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns cold and need,
And feeble flesh His warrior’s steed.

3 His camp is builded in a stall,
His bulwark but a broken wall,
The crib His trench, haystalks His stakes,
Of shepherds He His army makes;
And thus, as sure His foe to wound,
The angels’ trumps the charge now sound.

4 My soul with Christ join thou in fight;
Stick to His tents, the place of might.
Within His crib is surest ward;
This little Babe will be thy Guard.
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heav’nly Boy!

I hope you enjoy “This little Babe” as much as I did, and reflect upon the incarnate Christ too. 

Devotional Thought for Today – 12/11-2020

Psalm 78 - Springer Road Church of Christ

ESV and RVR 1960

INFORMING THE NEXT GENERATION


CONTEXT (v. 1-31) :  v. 1–8 The introduction to Ps. 78 explains that it is a “parable” (v. 2) intended to exhort the Israelites to not be like their forefathers (v. 8).  In v.5–8 The psalmist describes how God (Ps 78:5) demanded that Israel not only recount His laws and instructions, but also remember the good and bad parts of their history. The Israelites should teach God’s laws and Israel’s history so that each new generation would know not to go astray (v. 8).  Verses 9–16 This section is the first of two thematic overviews in Psa 78 (see vv. 32–41). This section summarizes Israel’s interaction with God during the exodus (Exod 6–12) and then in the wilderness (Exod 14–40Num 11–25).  Here in v.17–20 Israel’s main fault in the episode recalled here was their demand for meat (see Num 11:4–6); however, the psalmist implies that Israel complained against God on a regular basis (compare Exod 16–17Num 11Psa 78:19–20).  In v.21–25 In this section, the psalmist focuses on God’s anger and His provision of manna to Israel. He implies that, although God was furious with Israel, He did not stop providing food for them. This section may be a stylized review of the wilderness journey of Israel, contrasting the reality of God’s continual provision of manna (Exod 16:35) with Israel’s general disloyalty to God.  Finally in v.26–31 The psalmist now switches from focusing on the manna to the quail (see Num 11:31–34). He recounts the incident in which God gave Israel meat to eat but also struck them with a plague. – Faithlife Study Bible


When I was a kid growing up WWII and the Korean War’s were still fresh on the minds on most Americans. Viet Nam was just not really underway in strength and patriotism was abundant. 

I remember sitting for hours listening to some of my neighbors describing both the horrors (concentration camps, artillery bombardments, etc.) and glory (comradery, victory over evil, etc.) that they experienced.  I know in some cases, Mrs. S who was in a concentration camp, Mr. T who was with Patton and liberated said camp(s) talking about the war was quite difficult but they did so so my generation would never repeat the lessons of the past. 

This Plasm, sets out to do the same thing. V.4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. 

We all know Israel’s history with God. It is a history wrought with FAILURE. Failure to obey the one true God of Heaven and Earth,  the great I AM.  The Psalmist is making it clear I/we will not hide those past failure from the next generation otherwise we condemn them to the same mistakes we and our forefathers have made. He implores them to remember the Highs and Lows of their past, leaving nothing out. 

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines History as: An account of facts, particularly of facts respecting nations or states; a narration of events in the social justice

order in which they happened, with their causes and effects.

Yet there are many today in America (and other countries) that wish to rewrite history, ( Change the facts) using  names like social justice as a smoke screen for historical revisionism which is a fancy way of saying I/we see history as this so it must be a fact. The would have us believe the Pilgrims came only for profit, that all who fought for the South in the War Between the States were Slave owning racist and so many more lies.  I hope you can see the danger in that, I encourage you to:

    1. Pray for those who would re-write history
    2. Parents, Monitor you children’s school assignments for misinformation  
    3. Encourage Everyone you know to, Inform the Next Generation of our Nations’ True History. n If we love to tell the story of our redeemer we should love to tell the story of the nation he has Graced us with. 

Verse 4. Commentary –  We will not hide from their children, etc. Thou must not only praise God thyself, but endeavour to transmit the memorial of his goodness to posterity. Children are their parent’s heirs; it were unnatural for a father, before he dies, to bury up his treasure in the earth where his children should not find or enjoy it; now the mercies of God are not the least part of a good man’s treasure, nor the least of his children’s inheritance, being both helps to their faith, matter for their praise, and spurs to their obedience. “Our fathers have told us what works thou didst in their days, how thou didst drive out the heathen” etc., Ps 44:1-2; from this they ground their confidence, Ps 44:4, “Thou art my King, O God; command deliverances for Jacob, ” and excite their thankfulness, Ps 44:8, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.” Indeed, as children are their parents heirs, so they become in justice liable to pay their parents’ debts: now the great debt which the saint at death stands charged with, is that which he owes to God for his mercies, and, therefore, it is but reason he should tie his posterity to the payment thereof. Thus mayest thou be praising God in heaven and earth at the same time. – William Gurnall.

 

Battle of Midway – A Turning Point in Pacific World War II

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In 1942, Imperial Japan invaded Singapore and took 25,000 prisoners.

Next was the Philippines.

With Imperial Japan’s relentless bombardment by planes and heavy siege guns, President Roosevelt did not want General Douglas MacArthur captured, so he ordered him to leave Corregidor, Philippines, and evacuate to Australia…

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Today in Church History

NOTE THE REAL STORY HERE IS CHRIST CAN CHANGE A HARDEN HEART!

Florence Matheny, Missionary to Japan

Florence Matheny, Missionary to Japan

“She was a very attractive young lady, the most attractive young lady I had ever met.” That is how Jacob “Jake” DeShazer remembered his early acquaintance with Florence Matheny.

Jake was one of the Doolittle Raiders in World War II who bombed Japan. When he parachuted from his plane over occupied China, the Japanese captured him. For forty months he was held in captivity, often tortured and usually isolated in solitary confinement. He hated his captors. After his release, he was a hero. His picture made the news. But now he had a goal.

While in prison, Jake became a Christian. Although raised in the Free Methodist Church, he had never put his life under the command of Jesus. Near the end of the war, the Japanese relaxed prison conditions a little and brought the prisoners a Bible. Jake read it through three times in three weeks and memorized whole chapters. Because he believed its promises, his life was changed. He was determined to get his theological education and come back to tell the Japanese about Christ.

Florence, who was born in Marion, Iowa, on this day, August 9, 1921, also wanted to go into full time work for the Lord. She chose Seattle Pacific College for her training. About that time, she read that Jake planned to attend school and return to Japan with the gospel. “What a coincidence it would be if he should choose the same college I have chosen,” she thought. “I might even get to shake his hand!”

Florence did more than shake Jake’s hand; she became his wife. Between Jake’s speaking engagements, they had family devotions together twice a day. This helped lay the foundation for their long and productive ministry.

Jake, Florence and their children sailed for Japan in 1948. “My brave little wife was ready for the fight,” he wrote. Jake’s testimony had been printed in Japanese and over a million leaflets distributed throughout the islands. Thousands of Japanese turned out to see him when he landed at Yokohama. Over the years, many turned to Christ through seeing how the love of Jesus could make a man love even those who had tortured him.

Florence held Bible lessons in their home and also led Japanese to Christ. And she gave lessons on a flannel graph, illustrating Bible themes.

One of the most rewarding results of their ministry was when Mitsuo Fuchida, lead pilot of the planes that bombed Pearl Harbor, gave his life to Christ as a result of reading Jake’s tract and studying the Bible. The two worked together to win souls.