Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
425 soldiers have died this year in Iraq and Afghanistan. 46 in the first 8 days of August. It may not seem like such a large number to you. You may say that more people die every day in this country of car crashes and cancer. And you would be right. You may say that the tremendous loss of life from recent tornadoes and hurricanes was higher. And you would be right. You may say that no one forced these men and women to go into the military. You would most assuredly be right.
Yet each and every one of them left homes, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children to take a stand against evil. When they take the military oath, they are defending each of us. Whether we appreciate it or not, whether we agree with them or not, whether we like it or not. They will put themselves in harms way to protect anyone, american or not, slave or free, athiest or believer, when they are asked to do so.