What will we be remembering fifty years from now?
I was on a job site at 11am today. I stood silently and reflected for a minute or two. The radio that the tradies had on quite loudly meant that the bugle could be heard across the neighbourhood. Everybody I could see stood silently, reflecting. It was touching. It was also not normal.
As you can see from this image, about sixty years ago, this day in 1955 people stopped and reflected. If they were driving and were half way through an intersection, they stopped, got out and stood for a minutes silence. How much our culture has changed!
In Australia, a horse race can supposedly stop a nation on the first Tuesday of November… Why can’t the remembrance of the extremes of sacrifice Australians have made automatically deserve much more. November 11, 2014 is an important day where we remember the 96th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Instead of stopping and reflecting though, we blindly go our own way with a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude, giving away the freedoms our ancestors fought for. Freedom of speech, freedom of association, Freedom to vote how we like, Freedom of religion, Freedom in the marketplace… all allow real choices. Those choices are diminishing before our eyes. It’s time to stand as a nation and do all we can to fight; maybe not with heavy artillery, but with the creativity that God created in you… the power of one – influencing, spreading truth, being truth and light, salt and fragrance.
If we just sit idly back and watch out culture changing according to the Communist agenda, the Islamic agenda, the secular atheist agenda, then what will we be remembering fifty years from now. Will history have been re-written to the point of being unrecognizable? Will the strangeness of a 1955 remembrance day be historic trivia? Not if you and I work to take back ground.
Ever changing; Thy Kingdom come.