Saturday Sermon: We need to ask God for mercy
By John R. Fisher
July 4, 2014 at 2:04 a.m.
In memory of my dad, John R. Fisher Sr., Ret. Sgt. U.S. Army:
I was born a war baby of World War II. My dad was trained by the Army in Texas and met my mother while here. I was born in November 1944 while my dad was on his way to what became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Dad was an Army medic ambulance driver. During the Battle of the Bulge, his ambulance was blown up by a Nazi artillery shell. Dad lost part of his skull bone, sustained many wounds over his body and broke his leg in several places.
He was captured by the Nazis and kept alive by a Nazi doctor. While in captivity, my dad was tortured to give the Nazi officer information about the American unit Dad was with and where it were going. After three days injured and captive, Dad was set free by his unit, with the U.S. Army capturing the Nazi unit that had my dad.
My dad was sent back to the U.S. for medical treatment and stayed in the Army until retirement. My dad died in 1986 and was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn. Other than the U.S. flag, I also received my dad's war medals, which are: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, Honorable Service Lapel Button, European African Eastern Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal.
My point to this story is what I found the Army printed on the back of the Victory Medal: "Freedom From Fear and Want; Freedom of Speech and Religion." I can see the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution had great influence in printing on the back of the Victory Medal.
I believe there are millions of WWII babies who now are seeing tyranny by our current government in attacking free speech and trying to stop the spread of Christianity in our military and in the public of the United States of America. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled we can pray publicly.
Look at many in the military who have been killed and the millions wounded in soul and body for our God-given freedoms. Why would we who are from patriotic families sit by and allow the ungodly to take away our God-given freedoms?
We need to ask God for mercy and return America back to the control of the father, God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it is too late; I do not know.
But can we stick our heads in the sand and let Satan and his kingdom of darkness, that controls so many, stop folks from proclaiming the truth of the Bible?
John R. Fisher, pastor of First Baptist Church of Point Comfort, is a licensed minister who writes for the Victoria Advocate.