From the Pastor's Desk:
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, starting with the Revolutionary War, there have been 1,354,664 deaths, 1,498,240 wounded, and 40,031 soldiers missing in action from all the wars our country has been involved in. Two of those who lost their lives are GBC's own Seaman Jeff Brown and SSgt Ronald Richerson. At the same time, the church should memorialize the estimated 70 million Christians who have died for the Kingdom. It is also estimated that 100,000 Christians are martyred annually.
The Apostle Paul knew personally what it was like to suffer persecution, and even death, for the cause of Christ. But he also had much to say about living for the Lord. Jesus stated that Christians will be persecuted and killed for His namesake. While no one knows just how bad this persecution of the Christians will be in the future, we all have a duty to our Master. First, we are to stand firm in our commitment to the faith. Second, we are to be in one spirit, with one mind, toward the Lord and each other. Third, we are to work together for the faith of the Gospel. And fourth, we are to remain courageous.
As we memorialize and remember those who gave their lives for our country ... and the church ... may we be found committed to both country and faith, so that no deaths were in vain!