My wife and I went to Arlington Cemetery last weekend while we were on vacation. It was a neat yet sobering place to visit. Of course the thing that you have to do when you go to Arlington is see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown solider.
The sign in the picture at the top is outside the area of the tomb of the unknown solider. My wife and I were both quite impressed with the quietness and general somberness throughout the cemetery and especially at the tomb of the unknown solider.
The idea of being quite in respectfulness is something that I think of as being somewhat uncommon in our modern culture. There are very few places where people show respect through quietness anymore. The occasional funeral, band or chorus performance but even in those cases many would say that modern society is not very good at this endeavor.
I sy that to say that respect and reverence is a major part of worship. Biblically speaking the words for worship in the bible (Hebrew and Greek) are associated with reverence. In other words you cannot bibilically worship God unless it is out of a heart of reverence. That doesn’t always mean we are quiet. Sometimes we are (and the bible says we should be) very loud and boisterous in our worship and praise. But the noise is a joyful noise to the Lord, not out of selfish motivations or focus.
All I am trying to point out is that our society remembers that respect is due to fallen soldiers but we at times seem to forget that it is ALSO due a fallen (and risen) savior. Both fought for us, Both gave their life for us, BOTH deserve respect and honor.
Happy Memorial Day