Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 25, 2022
I find irony in the word freedom, for there is nothing “free” about it. In fact, nothing comes at a greater cost. Ask the family of anyone who has died for this country for the sake of our freedom. Or hit your knees and ask God what our freedom from sin cost Him. I pray that this year as we remember and honor the brave men and women who have given their lives for this country, that for just one day, we can leave the politics out of it. Believe it or not, the parades and gatherings are not meant as a forum for politicians to attack each other with rhetoric or spew their vitriol. It’s about memorializing what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his Gettysburg Address; the “hallowed ground” on which men and women have died. It’s about soldiers on far-away battlefields laying down their lives to ensure freedom for people they will never know. Monday is about duty. It’s about honor. It’s about courage. But mostly it’s about love. Loving and believing in the cause of freedom and a way of life that you cherish as more valuable than your own life. On Monday, amidst all the picnics and beginning of summer celebrations, take a moment and with silent prayer pay honor to the cost, and the buyers, of freedom. Their love transcends time and place. And don’t forget to include the One who, with His life bought our freedom from sin on the battlefield at Calvary. “Greater love has no one than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.”

“Oh beautiful, for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!”