I am a patriot, veteran, lay pastor and deeply concerned Christian about the state of the country. As I prepared a memorial day message for Sunday and on Monday and ever since I cannot clear from my mind the follow thoughts.
I have visited Washington D.C. a couple of times. I cannot express the awe which the memorials, the architecture of the government buildings and the Smithsonian Institute overwhelms me with. But as I mediated and prayed over the weekend I was reminded of Psalms 33: 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD... and verses 16-18 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 17An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.
Wouldn't it be great if we had a Christian non-denominational triune God honoring memorial in Washington D.C. to the one who has blessed America to be the greatest nation on earth? We frequently hear "God bless American" but isn't it time we as a Christian nation and people honor God? I took my text Sunday from Joshua 4 where God instructed the Israelites to build a memorial to Him. It wasn't to Moses or to Joshua but it was to be to Himself. I am not opposed to honoring those who have given their all for our country or our family that has passed on. But are we missing the boat?
God told Joshua the memorial was to be for two reasons: 1. Joshua 4:6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 2. Verse 24 "that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”
What do you think? Could such a memorial to God be built next to the National memorials for the same two reasons God instructed Joshua to make their memorial? 1. As a sign to generations to follow that it was God who made American great and 2. A testimony to the whole earth that we love and fear the One Lord God. Not an inclusive/generic god but the God of our founders, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Am I delusional? The World War II memorial cost $197 million and 11 years to complete. Of course an architect would have to be commission to design it but I picture a central element rising skyward surrounded by an element from each state and territory (perhaps with their state constitutional reference to God) then an adjoining building (perhaps top with "To God be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done") divided into areas in which multiple disciplines are featured in which God honoring men and women have excelled to make America and the world a better place. Such as in medicine, education, charities, the arts, sports, the military and Christianity. So we are probably talking $600-$800 million or more. All of the $197 million for the WWII memorial came from private donations except for $15 million from the government. When people commit to a cause it is yet to be seen what can be accomplished. Give me some feedback.