JESUS HAS THE ANSWER
Dear child, please don’t allow the disrespect of a few others to cause you to close your heart. When others disrespect the symbol of something honorable, they are ignorant in one of two ways: Either they don’t make the connection between the symbol and the honor (in this case, between the flag and the lives lost defending it), or they do make the connection and they are ignorant to the consequences of ignoring what others have sacrificed for them. In either case, their indifference is like a child who carelessly drops a symbol that should be raised.
They do not know what they are doing. Please forgive them in their ignorance as I forgave you.
One way to soften your heart toward those who seem to disrespect what you hold sacred is to consider what you disrespect that they hold sacred. For example, many among you fight for the protection of animals. And yet many others sit down to dine on a creature who gave its life for the meal, without a second thought, without thanking your Father. It’s easy to forget to acknowledge that which died to give you life. Though this is only one example and may not apply to you, I offer it to suggest that it’s difficult to honor all that deserves to be honored.
I promise you that for every ignorance others have, you also have some kind of ignorance. That’s understandable: You are only human. I forgive you just as I ask that you forgive them—freely, openly and lovingly.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”