Honor To Whom Honor
Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Intro: Today is Veterans Day. The first part of this verse is referring to our obligation as citizens to pay our taxes.
In Matthew 22, Jesus was confronted by a group of people trying to get him to say something wrong.
- 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
- 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
- 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
- 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
- 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
- 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and render unto God the things that are God.” If Jesus did not forbid the Israelites from paying taxes to a wicked and godless Roman government, then neither does He condone Christians refusing to pay taxes.
Tribute and Custom refers to financial obligations
Fear and Honour refers to our social obligations
I. Because of their Stand
Every freedom we have today was provided for by someone else.
Every freedom we have as Americans is because someone took a stand to defend it.
There are those that would destroy our nation, our way of life, our freedoms.
The enemies of American liberty and freedom are the Communists, the Socialists, the terrorists, and radical Islam,
Sharia law examples:
- Theft is punishable by amputation of the hands (Quran 5:38).
- Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
- Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
- Criticizing or denying Allah is punishable by death
- A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death
- A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
The only thing standing between America and Sharia law is our military.
They stood for our freedoms and for our right to exists as free Americans.
We should honor them because they chose to stand and defend us.
- They chose to stand up to the bullies and the enemies of America.
- They chose to stand up for our country.
- They chose to get involved and do something.
- They chose to not be a victim.
- They chose not to rely on others to do what they could do.
- They chose to be a part of the solution.
They took a stand for our nation, for our freedoms, for our liberties and for you.
II. Because of their Struggles
We cannot begin to imagine the struggles that our veterans had to endure.
Being in the heat of battle is not like playing a video game.
People dying all around you.
Friends getting blown to bits.
Sleeping in the sand, in the rain, walking in the sun and heat.
Living in fear of death or injury.
Soldiers with PTSD –
- PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include the following:
- Intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic event
- Extreme physical reactions to reminders of trauma such as a nausea, sweating or a pounding heart
- Invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy
- Flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening again)
- Nightmares of either frightening things or of the event
- Loss of interest in life and daily activities
- Feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people
- Sense of a not leading a normal life (not having a positive outlook of your future)
- Avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind you of the tragedy
- Difficulty remembering important aspects of a tragic event
III. Because of their Sacrifice
Many of our vets lost their friends in combat.
Many of our vets lost their health. (explain agent orange)
Many vets lost their careers. They went to college to get a job and make money and gave that up.
Many vets lost their marriage. They went to war and came back
Many vets lost limbs, eyes, etc.
- ILLUSTRATION: Commander Dan Crenshaw of Texas was mocked on Saturday Night Live for his eye patch. He was elected on Tuesday to the U. S. House of Representatives.
Prosthetic limbs; eye patches
They gave up so much so we could have so much.
Always show respect to those that fought and served our country.
We owe them a debt of gratitude.
- Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
- Be kind to veterans.
- NEVER make fun or a veteran. That is a terrible thing to do.
- Offer them your seat.
- Say thank you.
- Stand for the flag and the National Anthem.
- There are over 20.4 million U.S. veterans. Don’t insult them with your protests!
- Put your hand over your heart during the National Anthem.
- Being patriotic is not a Republican or Democrat thing; it is an American thing.
- Respect our soldiers, our military, our veterans, our flag, our national monuments.
- Win as many of them to the Lord as possible.
- In spite of their stand, their struggles and their sacrifice, they still have to accept Christ to be saved.
Conclusion: (Give the gospel message)