It’s Memorial Day weekend. This weekend we celebrate those who have passed away who served in the military.
It began as a day called Decoration Day. Decoration Day is still observed in the South, though it may be elsewhere as well. In the area I live in, it is simply called Decoration and graves are decorated regardless of military affiliation.
Decoration Day can be somewhat of a family reunion as family members gather in the cemeteries that hold generations of family members gone by. I have jokingly said that it wouldn’t surprise me to see a host of tailgaters at certain cemeteries.
I’ll be honest and say that while I understand why families practice this ritual, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know it’s tradition and it’s a way for some to hold on to the memories of those who went before them. However, it is with some bemusement that I see people put flowers on dead people’s graves when they rarely, if ever, gave them flowers while alive.
What saddens me in this entire process is that many of the people putting flowers on the graves are as dead as those lying in the graves. Too many of those who are bringing flowers do not know Christ. I don’t know any of the people well enough to tell you who they might be. I’m just playing the percentages.
Basically, though, the cemeteries at Decoration Day remind me of what Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 23. He said that the tombs were beautiful on the outside, whitewashed, but full of dead bones on the inside.
Decoration Day is a nice sentiment. It is important to many people. However, when it comes down to it, if someone isn’t following Christ, their lives are just like those cemeteries. Beautiful to see, but full of dead bones.
That is what any of our lives are like if we don’t repent and come to know Christ.
I plea with you today. If you don’t know Christ, if He hasn’t renewed your heart, if He hasn’t make you a new creature, if He hasn’t made you alive, repent and come to know Christ today.