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Photograph of the Grave Markers at the American Cemetery in Normandy
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Written and Photographed by: C. W. Booth

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Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

One cannot help but be stunned at the rows upon rows of grave markers at the American Cemetery overlooking the beach in Normandy France. My short visit to the cemetery was on a bright and beautiful day, no wind, few clouds, the sun taking the chill out of the air which had been reminding us Fall had newly arrived. On such a day, it is all but impossible to envision the hellish conditions that cut down so many young living souls on but a single day. Death imposed by men on their neighbors for the sake of hedonism, driven by lust; lust for power, lust for greed, lust for cultural supremacy.

Of those who died in the pursuit of their own lust for power or died propping up the dictates of their kinsmen who attempted to impose genocide as a solution to "the Jewish problem," it is sad to report that the Bible says they surrendered their bodies uselessly, they died in vain:

…if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love…is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:3-7)

Lust, being selfishness, is the opposite of love. Love is doing good for the benefit of another. Lust is greedily attempting to obtain good for oneself alone. World War II was started by a few lusting for power and after resources to horde for themselves. World War II was ended by an army of men who loved others to the point of death. They loved freedom for others who resided in countries they had never before touched with their feet, they loved life for others who were being systematically exterminated in death camps, and more than their own lives they loved their families whom they desired to protect from the evils of unbridled hedonism.

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures [your hedonism] that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"? (James 4:1-5)

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