Price of Freedom

The price of freedom is not cheap! Oklahoma lost more than a dozen soldiers in less than a year to the war in Afghanistan alone.

Part of freedom’s payment came from my town, Chelsea, Oklahoma. To all of you who committed to military service over the decades, I say ‘thank you’ for risking your life for the sake of freedom.

Freedom loses its value when we quit exercising our right to the freedoms we’re guaranteed. Freedom has been fought abroad that we could live with liberty here.  Are there freedoms that you have but aren’t using? 

You don’t have to travel far to find ministers being killed for the cause of Christianity and the church meeting underground.  Do you have the passion to be at church each Sunday morning and sit on a soft pew in an air-conditioned room where you have the freedom to do so? Do you vote?  Maybe you could run for office or support the local school and advertise in the paper. 

Our nation is filled with countless other freedoms such as free speech, the ability to write books, and the opportunity to further our education. These are all included in this liberty we enjoy.

Even with its faults, America is still an incredible country filled with great good. And America is counting on each of us. 

America—under God—is maintained through each person totally committing themselves to the leadership of Christ.  It’s doing what Jesus would do, in every area of our lives, every day. Although others are giving the ultimate sacrifice, we are all accountable for the future of our country.  I hope you feel a responsibility this year to stand up, pray for our leaders, and do your part to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 My prayer today is that God would comfort the families who have lost loved ones on the battlefield. I pray strength and blessings, and offer gratitude for all of you who have served our country.

May each of us invest our energy into strengthening America’s freedom.

 “First of all, then, I urge, that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Timothy 2:1,2 NASB) (From Sidewalk Chalk by Reba)

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