Monday, May 25, 2009

Freedom Is Not Free

It was Palm Sunday in 1865 and, after four miserable years, over 600,000 American soldiers lay dead at the end of the bloodiest war this nation has ever known and we were our own enemy.

The Civil War was unique in that it pitted brother against brother, and father against son. But it was not unlike most of history’s wars in that the real underlying issue was the desire of some men to suppress and control other men.

Just three years later in 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared May 30, a day of memorial to honor the war dead. He understood that without something tangible to remind them, men soon, easily forget. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has come to be the day we remember and honor those men and women of all our wars who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.

So this month we will enjoy the family gatherings, the meals, the picnics and the games that we look forward to around this holiday. And if you have children, at some point they will probably ask, “What does this holiday mean?” We should be quick to remind them that the freedoms we enjoy came with, and will continue with a high price tag.   Freedom is not free!

Christians should also be living memorials to Jesus Christ who gave His life for our salvation. So when your children ask you, remind them that freedom comes by sacrifice. And remind them also, that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can be free from the bondage and penalty of sin.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1

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