What does freedom mean to you?
What price will you pay for it?
Would you be willing to die so others could enjoy freedom?
I’m not sure what the motives were for my father and three of his brothers. They all enlisted in the military service of their country during WW2. But, whatever their reasoning, they are my heroes on this Memorial Day. Returning to civilian life after the war, they continued to serve their families and communities. In my eyes they put everything on the line to ensure the freedom of every one of us for generations to come. That kind of courage and selflessness is rare in today’s America.
Freedom is not free. It comes at great cost. I often wonder if I have paid my dues – have I paid the price for the freedoms I enjoy today? Perhaps that I.O.U will come due sometime in the future. What do I owe and to whom? Will I have the courage and selflessness to pay my debt?
The greatest gifting of freedom, aside from the sacrifices of our fallen military heroes, has been the adventure of sobriety given to a helpless, hopeless drunk. Undeserved and unmerited, this gift of amazing grace has allowed a life of celebration and thankfulness rather than one of dread and misery. John 8:36 says it all:
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
This is not a freedom with conditional clauses and a litany of ‘thou shalt and shalt not’. It is not tied to any particular faith walk or theology. It does not consign me to hell for being bad or promise me heaven for being good. There are only two requirements for enjoying this freedom forever.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all you mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” JOHN 10:27
Pretty simple stuff. Freedom can be costly, but need not be difficult.