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"Collective Amnesia"

June 11, 2014

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I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old. I will ponder all Your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

Many of you will remember the uprising of the people, which took place in China 25 years ago.

The revolt, which centered in Tiananmen Square, had the peaceful leaders of the people demanding the government offer more freedom to the nation's populace. The regime responded with the military, which was not afraid to use violence. If you remember nothing else, you may recall a man, shopping bag in hand, who put his life on the line and singlehandedly faced down an entire column of tanks. (The video is online.)

Now, my friends, you should know, the current leaders of China, would not allow their citizenry to read the previous paragraph. My words would be censored and pulled from the devotion as being dangerous and "inappropriate publicity."

In the years immediately following the uprising, China's leadership showed the people videos of a peaceful military being attacked by crowds of aggressive traitors. When it became obvious the people weren't accepting the official rewrite of history, the government changed its tactics. Rather than trying to change history, it just made history go away.

Today you won't find Tiananmen Square being mentioned in any of the country's textbooks; you won't find it referred to on Facebook or Twitter. That is why, if you mention the events of 25 years ago to a Chinese teenager, he will respond with a vacant -- an unknowing stare.

Although it's certainly not official government policy, there are times when our nation also seems to forget some of her history. More specifically, many people seem to assume the blessings we have, the successes we have enjoyed, the victories our forces have won, were all the product of our own brilliance, hard work, and gumption.

Now while there is no doubt that our nation has had many individuals who possessed those skills, we dare not forget the hand of the Lord and the blessings He has continued to shower upon us.

Rather than developing collective amnesia for the Lord's handiwork, it would be far better for our people to join with Asaph, the Psalmist, who wrote the words which serve as our text, far better for us to echo him and say, "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old. I will ponder all Your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds."

Yes, we ought to remember God's deeds, His wonders, and His work. We ought to recall what His Son did for us on Calvary's cross and at His empty tomb, even as we remember how the Lord has, and still does, bless our fields, our industry, and our borders.

Then, having remembered, we should give thanks and ask Him to bless our future as well.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive our forgetfulness and lack of faithfulness. Send the Holy Spirit upon our hearts, so we may remember that every good and perfect gift comes from You. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Proverbs 2-4    John 19:23-42

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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