Friday, November 11, 2011

There is only remembrance when you can not forget

As I began the post here on Canadian Remembrance Day, or Veterans or Armistice Day in America, did something I have not usually had time for on days like these, sat down to watch a couple films being the 46 minute 1998 National Film Board of Canada's John Mccrae's War In Flanders Fields and the 169 minute 1998 Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan where all of us went from wet Guelph, Ontario to muddy Flanders, Belgium and from midwestern Paton, Iowa to stormy Normandy, France in just seconds. What unites both is the idea of loyalty and fidelity to life in death as "if ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep" and "not to reason why but to do and die," soldiers gave their lives for country and cause their leadership deemed essential, necessary, and right to keeping its Capracornian principles and ideals of society being freedom, liberty, and democracy, where "God is for us and no one can be against us." A blind allegiance to our civil government over ecclesiastical administration can lead us down the path that replace our spiritual institutions for the sake of the secular, a poppy over the cross, a pledge over prayer, a constitution over the Bible, or even a trip to the Legion over going to church who importance we neglect and thus disrespect.

But what exactly do we tend often in forgetting is the core of thought we should keep thinking upon, a context that makes common sense of the content that is to be unforgettable and remain immemorial, as there is only remembrance when you can not forget this.

Can such a nonsectarian quasisacred faith as civil religion "take up our quarrel with the foe" "between the crosses row on row," without recognizing its truly celestial Commander in Chief, a question that becomes easier to answer the further we move forward into the future and witness more failure militarily by world powers no one would ever have believed could fail. In a society that openly teaches us to "just earn it," we know that we come short of this, never can we on our own do so as we are without strength, powerless, and unglorified in His sight, we must humbly submit ourselves to one another, thus asking for Him to remove our pride and prejudices we daily sin by omission and commission for we forgive other debts as He forgives our debts. So, truly lest we forget memoriam eorum retinebimus angus Dei omnium Rex ta panta en Christoi synesteken forever, that is remember also the One we do know Who through we all shall indeed earn this once and for all.