For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God’
In this country, we are blessed by the sacrifices of brave Americans who have served before we arrived and others who continue to serve in arenas around the world. The liberties and the freedoms we enjoy were not purchased by our own actions but rather by others who were willing to take a stand in our stead.
Our grandfathers, fathers, aunts, cousins, and the friends who sat next to us in class are the individuals who sacrificed so we could continue to live in liberty. Freedom is the result of sacrifice.
In the almost 250 years that this nation has existed, we have not grasped the fullness of this freedom. In all of our history, our stories past, our painful pages, our difficult years, in all of the blood shed and the sacrifices made, we still do not understand what we have in our freedom.
The Bible reveals the same truth: freedom is the result of sacrifice. Jesus’ death on the cross bought us freedom from the weight of our sins, from guilt, and the shadow of death. He paid the price for our restored relationship with the Father, for our future, and our resurrected hope.
Someone fought. Someone died. Someone stood. Someone spoke. Someone sacrificed. How do we respond to such a sacrifice? Because we have a responsibility to do so. Freedom is not the liberty to do exactly what we want; it is the freedom to do exactly as we should. How do we exercise freedom responsibly? How will we protect freedom for the coming generations?
Responsibility for freedom begins and ends with us. Choosing to be responsible is a personal choice. If we do not choose well, we forfeit liberty. Choose this day whom you will serve. Will you choose to submit your life to Christ, the One Who bought and paid for it? Will you bow your knee to the only One worthy? And will you rise to fight for those who have not grasped the freedom available to all? Will you stand? Will you speak? Freedom is the result of sacrifice.