We didn’t take a knee, we didn’t flee, we raised our right hands and pledged to defend our country against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

It should not be of any surprise to all of us for the lack of respect for our flag, or to the borders that we swore to defend. We are now denied the ability to protect ourselves from the mass invitations from those crossing our unprotected borders. We also see those who were elected to govern over us, failing to abide with that same oath that veterans gave, with many giving their lives.

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, really. Jesus came to Earth to save us — how was He treated? Because of jealousy, they brought forth false witnesses and held trials in the early morning hours before others would be made aware.

Finding nothing to convict Him, with they fabricated and twisted the truth so they could sentence Him to death. During this process, He was bound, openly slapped, assaulted physically, spit upon, then beaten beyond human recognition. Openly crucifying Him upon the cross, He fulfilled God’s purpose, supplying us with a chance at salvation and forgiveness — offered even to those who took His life.

As veterans, we have given of our time, some giving their lives to defend this country and our rights to freedom. Now watching as those we swore to protect striping away those rights along with the ability to protect ourselves, even to the point of making it OK to kill our police officers.

As veterans, we have served alongside others of different races and creeds, joining together as U.S. military forces. Standing together, we have defeated enemies both here and abroad.

On Nov. 11, we will be given the opportunity to honor our veterans. On that day we should at least take a moment to remember those sacrifices. This would be a great time to again recite the Pledge of Allegiance, remembering that we are "One nation under God." Amen.

Let us, as veterans and fellow Americans, stand together, restoring honor, respect, and obedience — Again giving God His place in our schools, state buildings, our government, families and our personal lives. Only then can we expect this nation to again rise up with the power of our loving God.

Our nation was founded on Godly principles, as was His covenant with the Israelites. They also at times would drift away from God. Repentance, would restore them as it will with us.

Joshua 1:5-9; God’s promises, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Thank you, God, and thank you, veterans.