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This post is dedicated to Robert, Johnathan, my grandfather, and any other American that has served in any branch of the US Military. You are a hero and thank you for your sacrifice.

“Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye. And the world just . . . watched.” – General Shepherd in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus in John 15:12-13 (NIV)

Tomorrow is July 4. It is the day that Americans sit outside with our family and friends and eat burgers off the grill. We might even watch a parade full of bands and firetrucks. Later that night, we sit around being eaten by mosquitoes and watch fireworks. Most importantly, we remember our nation’s declaration of freedom and those that have served to protect those freedoms.

General Sheppard’s comment hit me hard. Although the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan death tolls are not quite 30,000, more than 5500 American heroes have died in those wars (iCasualties.org). Many more have died in wars past, and even more have sacrificed parts of their lives by serving. Americans seem to forget the millions that have served in the military to protect our freedoms and way of life.

American Christians also forget about the One that gave up His life for our freedom from death. I was just reminded again two Thursdays ago (June 24) and realized that I still do not realize the full sacrifice that our hero and savior Jesus made for me. On this Independence Day, take some time on this busy day to remember those heroes, living or dead,  that sacrificed their lives, especially the One that gave His all to free us from death.

 

US soldiers guard 20 of our fallen heroes.

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2:

PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PC, Nintendo DS, mobile phone

Genre: First-Person Shooter

Rating Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Language

Note: I have only played the XBox 360 version.

My Rating: Overall: 3 / 5

Gameplay: 3 / 5     Story: 4 / 5     Graphics and Sound: 5 / 5     Controls: 2 / 5     Christian Values: 2 / 5

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