During the 4th of July holiday it is easy to celebrate freedom. Fireworks, cookouts, family, and camping help us celebrate the wonderful freedom that makes America the greatest country in the world. We must be careful though not to forget those most responsible for our freedom.
Our current servicemen and women stationed around the world, and precious military Veterans are those individuals most reponsible for our celebration of freedom. We should never celebrate our freedoms without realizing the sacrifice of selfless individuals of D-Day, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, or any valiant battle in American military history. We should honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and others who were willing to.
This weekend our churches will be full of patriotic music. We will gather to honor America and celebrate our Christian heritage. We will thank God for our right to gather without persecution and without fear. We indeed have much to be thankful for and most certainly should honor our veterans. We should consider the price that was paid in order for us to live in Liberty. Freedom is never free, a price has been paid.
We should also, in regards to our Christianity, be reminded that a price was paid. The freedom we have in Christ was bought at a high cost on Calvary. We should be humbled each and every day by the work of Christ. No greater love was ever displayed than on the Cross. He who was without sin died in the place of ones with many sins. It was a selfless act of love! Freedom is never free, a price has been paid.
This weekend, as we gather to honor our great country, and thank those responsible, let us also remember Christ, and thank Him. We should not only celebrate freedom from Tyranny but also Freedom from Hell, through the work of Christ. God Bless America.
Rev. J.D. Wall is Senior Pastor at Mill Creek Church of God and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.