Written by R. Todd Mangum
Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00
This is the time of year in which we reflect as a nation on the costs and sacrifices made for our freedoms, and express appreciation — both to God and to those who made the sacrifices.
I want to do the same, but from a different angle — in part because appreciation for the sacrifices made in blood and violence, if we are not careful, can easily degenerate into glamorizing the circumstances that led to making such costs and sacrifices necessary. (It’s a point my Anabaptist brethren have been making for centuries.)
Over the last few days, I have watched a couple of documentaries on World War II, including some that have conducted interviews with those who were there who are still living. The heroism, the extraordinary selfless sacrifice, the raw courage, is just staggering to observe.