Sermon on Philippians 4:8-9 for May 28, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend, Easter 7A
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
The text from Philippians tells us to think about things that are:
“true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent praiseworthy”
So, on this Memorial Day weekend here in the USA, I want to do just that: think about those kinds of things. I was speaking with one of our member this past week, and together we were reflecting about her recently departed husband and their mutual passion for our veterans. In their home are numerous tokens of appreciation from the Veteran’s Home for their work.
That conversation and this weekend got me thinking about the values that are stated and lived-out, in practice, in the military. They are honorable and commendable, excellent and worthy of praise, as Philippians say, so they are well worth thinking about. In fact they are helpful to consider by us, as a church.