Freedom on Memorial day? I am in awe of those who paid the price for me to even write a sentence which challenges cultural thinking. Yes on Memorial Day we acknowledge those who gave their lives to the ideal we should not be under oppression of any kind. With freedom comes choice. One of the most asked questions about God and Jesus is, “if God is so good and about love then why does He allow such bad things to happen”. Well with freedom comes opportunity for us all to make bad choices. We can often react like petulant children in this regard. We want our freedom but when things go bad we want to blame the very hand of the One who gave us the freedom we strived to ask for.
Today I pray for those families who have given life and limb for winning and maintaining my status of freedom. Then I pray for those who will be challenged in these upcoming years to not only hold onto our freedoms culturally, but fight for the freedom of others across the world.
There is an overwhelming number of posts online showing the American flag next to memorial stones of white crosses, reminding us of the fallen who have fought for our country’s resolve to be one which has freedom. Why these crosses? It was Jesus alone who died on a cross paying for our ultimate freedom. Loving us completely our Lord still lets us choose what we will do with our freedom.
Memorial definition: something, especially a structure, established to remind people of a person or event, a statement of facts, especially as the basis of a petition.
Freedom definition: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government, the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.