Memorial Day: Making the sacrifice count

Today is Memorial Day here in the United States, a day we set aside to remember those who have died defending our country. It’s not a day of politics, or of national blustering. It’s a day to remember. To reflect.  Those lives are the price that was paid so that we could live in a land that gives us the freedom to worship where and how we please, to speak freely, to gather and express our minds. The fact that America is as polarized as it is and yet remains peaceful internally is a direct consequence of the service of veterans- past present and future, living and dead. And those who have died – and will die- have paid the price for us.

As Christians, we cannot let that price go ignored. We are Christians because a price was paid for us, by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that we could be free of sin and an eternity in hell. And we are free to practice that faith because of those who have paid with their lives to protect that freedom.

So as we enjoy this day of remembrance with family and friends, don’t forget what the price was paid for. When something has great cost, it has great value. Our freedom has great value. And the freedom purchased with the blood of our Savior and our brothers and sisters in service in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard means we owe a debt. The debt to all those lives to use our freedom. And the debt to the One life to share the Truth.

Share your faith, Christian. Speak the Truth, stand on the Word. The price to do so has been paid.

And we have our marching orders, given to us by our Lord:

Matthew 28
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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