Freedom... funny word - sounds like it would be "free"... but it never is.
As Americans our "free"dom was purchased by the blood of thousands of soldiers - in countless battles throughout our history. From the Independence war to the War to End all Wars - to the forgotten wars of Korea and Vietnam and to the current wars against terrorism... our freedom has come at the highest of prices... the lives of young men and women.
As a Christian, my "free"dom has come at an equally high price - the blood and life of my savior, Jesus Christ. Christ paid the ultimate price for you and I to live free from sin and condemnation - to give us the gift of forgiveness. Funy thing is we often don't receive it as freely as it is given. We tend to put our own mis-guided values on these gifts - we could never deserve it and so we have a hard time receiving it.
But, can we ever deserve any freedom? How can we be worthy of any man's shed blood - whether it be that of the American soldier or of our Savior? Thus the definition of sacrifice and love. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Happy Independence day!