Title: Anzac Day: Lest We Forget – Eric Harding Chinner
Description: Would you pack your bags to leave your comfortable home, set sail on a ship that’ll take months to reach a foreign destination, live in frigid trenches filled with mud that were infested by rats, wear uniforms laced with lice, and fall asleep (if sleep were to come) to the sound of falling bombs filling the night air?
This was the situation thousands of young, able bodied Australian and New Zealand men found themselves in when they signed up voluntarily for the war effort , fighting on foreign soil, when England declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914. Unfortunately, thousands lost their lives overseas as they fought valiantly for their countrymen, their King, and their country.
Australian Eric Harding Chinner, a follower of Jesus, was one of them.
The sacrifices made by the Australians and New Zealanders are remembered every April 25, in what has come to be known as Anzac Day. Anzac is an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; and is a symbol of bravery, courage, and mateship.
Today, we retell Eric’s story, one of the thousands who fought valiantly for the freedom of his countrymen. His life points us to another selfless sacrifice that took place 2,000 years ago—when Jesus went to the cross so we too can be set free.