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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Freedom Is Not Free

(Posted July 29, 2014)

“It was for FREEDOM that Christ set us free;”
(Galatians 5:1a, NASB, Caps inserted)

The Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., contains the simple inscription “Freedom is not free.” 

This is certainly true, as evidenced by the many sacrifices of our brave military men and women over centuries of selfless service to our nation.  The United States of America is “The Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave” because of our brave military of the past, present, and prayerfully the future.

Freedom also comes with responsibility.  It would be tragic and foolish for America to willingly sacrifice the freedoms which have been purchased at such a high price by those public servants wearing the cloth of our nation.  Hence, freedom requires constant vigilance and diligence to preserve and pass along to future generations.  Each American citizen and statesman bears the responsibility to be a good steward of the freedom which has been granted to each of us.  As reflected in the recently published Resilient Nations (Dees, 2014), responsible citizens engage in personal spiritual renewal, strong traditional families, civic responsibility, cultural change agents across the seven mountains of culture (arts & entertainment, business, education, family, government, media, and religion), and prayer warriors and merchants of hope.  Likewise, responsible statesmen who truly safeguard freedom must be selfless public servants, guardians of truth, and principled collaborators for change. 

[For more explanation of these roles of responsible citizenship and statesmanship, as well as the role of “We the Church;” you can refer to www.ResilienceTrilogy.com and the GOVT 376 Resilient Nations course being offered by the Liberty University Helms School of Government in Fall 2014.]

In an analogous way, spiritual freedom is not free.  The high cost, the ultimate sacrifice, for each of us was paid for by Jesus Christ.  The full text of Galatians 5:1 states, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” As with earthly citizenship, spiritual freedom carries responsibility with it, beginning with this Galatians challenge to “Keep Standing Firm” and “Do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (to sin).”  Later in Galatians 5:13, the Apostle Paul exhorts further, “For you were called to FREEDOM, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Whether in the spiritual domain or in our roles as earthly citizens, the seeds of our own pride, apathy, and destruction are often borne out of the very FREEDOM which devolves from a precious treasure to an opportunity for self-seeking narcissism.  Hence, stewardship of our sacred spiritual and temporal FREEDOMs which have been purchased with the blood of Christ and with the blood of American patriots requires continual gratitude, vigilance, and selflessness. 

Just as the Galatians (and many in today’s Church) wandered from their spiritual fervor, far too many Americans have likewise wandered from their patriotic fervor based on respect for God and respect for man.  In short, in both of our roles as earthly and as heavenly citizens, we are called to FREELY serve one another through LOVE.  May it be so!

Respectfully in Christ,

Bob Dees
LU Institute for Military Resilience

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