Last week I reposted a couple of old posts that triggered a Twitter response from a fellow Southern Baptist pastor. He replied, “@doctodd Making me feel terribly nostalgic… :),” and “@doctodd So I guess I’m not the only one feeling nostalgic, huh? :)”
Memory becomes nostalgic when the action loses connection from its purpose. In church life it is akin to recalling the glory days. More often than not, those days are remembered for what they make us “feel” rather than recalling a period where serving others in the Name of Jesus dominated church life.
On the backside of Memorial Day, I could not help but think of how an original element of Decoration Day dropped off as the commemorative moment expanded to include those beyond the Civil War. Quickly, I don’t see a problem acknowledging those who served our Country and lost their lives during any military action. It is just worth noting there was no call for a Decoration Day following the Revolutionary War. Instead, the declaration by General Logan came after the war that represented a divided Country. Read More