NORMAN — We have just celebrated the nation’s 238th birthday.
We are extremely proud of and attached to freedom. The Founding Fathers wrote into the founding documents practical truths that make those freedoms attainable. I love the fact that they believed that those freedoms are extended to all people and they are extended by a gracious God, not by a benevolent government. As people of the world look at our nation, they see a people enjoying basic freedoms that spur them to leave everything they know and cross oceans or large stretches of land to possibly enjoy those same freedoms.
Two hundred-plus years later, we may have lost sight of the cost of our precious freedom. We enjoy our freedom because men and women have fought for it. It goes beyond the Founding Fathers to our forefathers. Families and individuals who saw in America the possibility to worship and serve God the way they saw fit without intrusion from the government.
Surely there were other factors that led those people to these shores, but the bottom line is their transplanting to America came at a great cost.
America has been involved in many wars in the past, most of them securing or protecting this freedom that we enjoy. The blood that was shed during these wars reminds us of the great cost for our freedom. It doesn’t come cheap, nor does it come easy. We should never lose sight of that. We should never miss an opportunity to thank those who we know who have paid that price. Thank a veteran for putting their life on the line.
There is another freedom that is available to everyone. It is a freedom that cost a great deal, as well. Only one man had to shed His blood for this freedom. You guessed it already. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on Calvary so we might enjoy freedom.