As we spend this day remembering the brave that gave their lives so that we could have the freedom we experience as citizens of this great land, I couldn’t help but ask a philosophical question over coffee… after all, its a free country. What is freedom?
In America, you have freedom of speech, the freedom to practice your religion, the freedom to a trial by jury of your peers, the freedom to go hunt and fish in order to provide for your family, and many more. We have learned these truths since memorizing the Preamble of The Constitution of The United States in elementary school.
However, not every man or nation in the world today is “free.” So what does Freedom mean to the believer?
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. -Romans 6:17-18
When Christ conquered sin on the cross and rose from the dead on day three, we were all made free through faith in him. So today, as we reflect on the sacrifice of those who served and paid the ultimate price for our freedom in America, remember also that freedom from sin was earned through the sacrifice of the life of our Savior and his resurrection.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
So grill those burgers, visit the cemetery, celebrate Memorial Day however your family chooses, but before bed when you tuck in those kiddos and kiss your wife, be sure to read Romans 6:17-18 and thank God for the freedom we get to experience through Christ.
See you in the blind.