Meanderings of a Minister


Freedom Is Never Free!
July 4, 2010, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Articles

As we celebrate the Independence of our nation, I am reminded of something I heard from an old Navy Seal that served in the Vietnam War.  He said, “Always remember, Freedom is Never Free.”  I took the comment as the comments of a military hero wanting people to remember the sacrifices he, and many of his friends and acquaintances, had made to secure and protect our freedoms.  I could just imagine the lecture I was going to get about how we need to appreciate those that have come before us and offered their lives in service to our country.  As a disabled veteran, I agreed with the sentiment, but did not really feel like being lectured on the subject.

 About the time I was ready to dismiss his comment, he began to explain to me what he meant by the statement…

First, he told me that Freedom is never free in that it is not cheap.  Freedom costs lives.  Many people have given their lives for this nation.  Many have sacrificed, not only to secure and defend her freedom in the military, but also to protect that freedom by enforcing its laws.  The entire nation was shocked and horrified to find that many policemen, firemen and emergency workers were killed rushing to the aid of victims of the 9/11 attacks.  Over the weeks that followed, America got a glimpse into the lives of these public servants that were constantly putting themselves in harm’s way to enable others to escape.  Truly, Freedom is not free.

Second, he told that me that Freedom is never free in the sense that it does not mean an absence of rules or restraints.  When the Founding Fathers broke away from British tyranny, they did not eliminate all rules or laws.  Instead, they set up the Constitution.  They then added the bill of rights.  All of these laws involve restraint of some kind.  The utopian idea of a society with no rules has never worked and never will.  Because man has a sinful and fallen nature, we need rules to help us govern ourselves.  Freedom is never free.

Third, he told me that Freedom is never free in that we bear no responsibility for its upkeep.  In other words, freedom involves not only following rules, but bearing responsibilities.  It is the responsibility of each and every citizen of this nation to stand up for the ideals and ideas our nation represents.  In order for this nation to remain great, it will take a people that understand it is our responsibility to serve in its defense.  It will take a people that understand it is our responsibility to follow its laws.  It will take a people that understand it is our responsibility to provide for its government and defense.  It will take a people that understand it is our responsibility to treat its citizens equally.  It will take a people that understand it is our responsibility to bear responsibility.  It will take a people that have a sense of connectedness and ownership as Americans.

Finally, he told me Freedom is never free in that it costs not only money, but heart, sweat, blood and tears.  It is on the backs of hardy pioneers that this nation has been built and it is that same entrepreneurial spirit that will sustain and maintain its greatness.  From the original settlers that escaped religious persecution at the hands of the Church of England, to the cold huddled masses that have come from all over the world, America has been built on perseverance, determination and hard work.  America has been built by people that did not quit just because things got tough.  America has been built by people that did not fold when things did not go their way.  America has been built by people that asked how they could make a difference.  America has been built on a faith in God that was unshakable.

As I reflect on these comments, I wonder if this nation would ever have existed if it were up to today’s citizens.  Too often, we are looking for a way out of supporting our nation instead of how to defend it and protect it.  We use the very laws designed to protect and defend to attempt to slough off our responsibility to it.  We have become a nation of splintered groups of African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Pacific Island Nation-Americans, Native Americans and others.  Maybe it is time for us to realize Freedom is never free.  If we want this nation to return to the greatness we once knew, it will take a revival of first, our individual relationships to God, and second our responsibility and ownership of our citizenship. 

These words will make some angry and will seem outdated to others, but if you agree and desire to see this nation rise from the ashes we are creating, why not take time right now to bow your head and pray, “God, please move so upon our nation and its citizens that when we ask you to bless us, you may proceed without violation to your character.  Help America to bless You so that You may bless her.”  May God watch over us as celebrate our Independence Day.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: