© Original content written by James R. Carlson
At this time of year, when the media looks back to review the events that dominated the news, I want to look forward at the new year and view a few anniversaries that are ahead.
1962 – 1975 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
1917 – 2017 100th Anniversary of WWI
1917 – 2017 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
1517 – 2017 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The upcoming year will witness the continued commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War that began in 1962 and ended in 1975. The commemoration began on Memorial Day 2012, this will continue for a 13-year period until November 11, 2025. We salute the American patriots who served in this conflict and were as loyal to our country as anyone before them.
However, these service men and women were scorned by the liberal political and academic communities 50 years ago and are still scorned today. When the Vietnam Veterans returned to the U.S. they were spit upon by the liberals and lampooned as baby killers. Many of these spiting liberals became pro-choice supporters of abortion that has killed more than 50 million babies in America alone. They are the real baby killers.
I have met many Vietnam Veterans since I was in school. I met and talked with many of my heroes who served their country, in country overseas. They told me many stories about their service under combat and afterwards. I know that they faced a relentless enemy abroad and then again at home. They were not only fighting an enemy at arms, they were fighting the larger enemy of global communism. Many liberal politicians undermined their efforts to win the war and it is only because of them that they lost.
When we have a new President in less than a month, I recommend a tradition honoring our Vietnam Veterans begins. An annual salute to these veterans on the White House lawn would help begin to heal the wounds of a generation of warfighters who never received their proper honor for a job well done. Let’s invite all who served their country during the War join the President on the White House lawn.
50 years before the Vietnam War, the U.S. was called into the European conflict called the First World War (WWI). A century is too much for most of us to remember back to but next year will the 100th anniversary of the WWI that began for America in 1917. My great uncle was drafted to serve in that conflict.
John Emil Carlson
He served with many veterans on the Western Front through many campaigns. Finally, the 100-day offensive broke the back of the Germans who surrendered on 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. My uncle served then and also served in the occupation of Germany thereafter.
Sadly, the Allies put too much of a burden on the defeated German people with the Armistice. It took another world war and occupation before the German nation could rebuild on a solid foundation of freedom instead of oppression. Learning the lessons of nation building, a defeated nation needs to experience the blessings of liberty and justice if they are to proper in new generations.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 began (March 8, 1917) just before the U.S. went to war in Europe (April 6, 1917). Russia’s attempt to take over Czarist Russia 100 years ago led to an attempt of world domination by Communism as well.
Russia and the Soviet Union suffered under totalitarian domination for 70 years; the communist regime of Russia finally ended in the Reagan/Bush era. It was communism that led to the Vietnam War and so many other wars. The Russian occupation of East Germany gives us a picture of how little value there was to communism compared to the capitalist structure within West Germany. The twin occupation of the German nation after WWII showed that communism was not advantageous to the people of Germany whereas capitalism was.
Communism is an atheist vision of government that didn’t care how many people died in wars to establish it worldwide. As an atheist vision of society and government, communism killed more people (94 million) than all the religious wars put together (16 – 31 million). The killing of millions around the world was nothing more than international terrorism.
Under communist rule, religious freedom was removed to prevent the people from realizing true peace with God and Christ. Today, Russia’s renewed oppression of religious freedom, outlawing the promotion of the Gospel outside Christian Churches, represents a new wave of communist style terrorism. Religious freedom is an essential freedom for any people in any country, along with the freedom of economics and political association. The people of Russia need to guard against the slow erosion of their freedoms and demand a return of religious freedom.
Religious freedom was on the mind of one reformer 500 years ago. Martin Luther began the European Reformation on October 31, 1517, as an attempt to return the Church to the authority of the Word of God. Luther nailed 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door of Germany that refuted many traditions of the Church that were not supported by the Word of God in the Bible.
Translating the Bible into the native language of the German people, Luther attempted to bring God’s Word to the average person. This, however, was perceived as an act of aggression against the Roman authorities where were more interested in religious and political power than the spiritual well-being of the people.
The Reformed Church is now 500 years old and in need of a new reformation. Traditional Churches need to review their traditions and focus once again on a Bible centered Gospel message. While there is nothing wrong with tradition, let’s celebrate the Word of God and put God’s Word first. With so many traditional Churches following liberal theology, its time a new reformation took back these Churches to teach and preach the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. This will lead to renewed liberty for all people.
From one generation to another there has always been some conflict for war or for peace. America has seen its fair share of war since the Independence of our nation. Freedom has always been the call of this nation and we seek to share the blessings of liberty and justice with others around the world.
Next year will open new doors of opportunity for Americans to recall the burdens of war we have endured. Our prayer should be that God will open new doors of liberty and peace for all people around the world. A liberty established by law & justice and a peace established by religious freedom.