Ecclesiastes says, “For everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” It starts a list with, “a time to be born and a time to die.” Then comes a remarkable insight “A Time To Kill and A Time To Heal.”
Every Soldier who has had to kill, has to heal. In a just war, a soldier kills the enemy. He then is required to search the dead soldier’s body. Going through his pockets, he discovers a picture of his wife and pictures of his children. And that soldier is haunted for the rest of his life. And we call that PTSD. Loving them means showing them the truth that enables full recovery.
Veterans have demonstrated genuine love for us, “for greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). They have laid down their lives for us. They have stood between us and the chief terrorist, Satan. They have protected our lives from adversaries, incurable perpetrators of evil who are hell-bent on raping, robbing, plundering, killing and kidnapping innocent people. They fought for us. Now we should fight for them. It’s the truth that will set them free.