America was born on freedom. Each fight we have endured on our home soil has been for that purpose. We have fought in other lands to preserve our freedom. Our hearts are so full of liberty that lands across the globe are dotted with graves of those who gave their last full measure of devotion to propagate liberty.
The teacher, the protester, the lawyer, professional players and sports figures, politicians, community organizers, pastors, mayors, governors no one person in this nation provides that liberty. Their displays are not patriotic, they are simply consumers of a product provided by the sweat, flesh and blood of others.
Freedom and liberty are provided and maintained through the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine willing to put their lives down wherever needed, put their lives on hold, take a new career that from day one stands at the dangerous end of an enemy rifle. No, those citizens listed are only users of the liberty provided, they have no right to control anyone’s liberty. The citizen is blessed through the blood of the military. As our military men and women serve, suffer, deploy, sacrifice, bleed and die, they give their all to a nation of people, for those people.
This is not veterans day, but on this day if you meet one, remember that the only reason the stars and stripes fly is due to their sacrifice. The blood of the American on the battle field is as seed unto liberty, it sprouts freedom, it gives life to otherwise dying lands dominated by tyranny.
The blood represented by the red stripes on our flag, purifies the nation represented by the white stripes. Like Christ’s shed blood purifies our sins, the soldier’s shed blood purifies the corruption, autocracy and totalitarian attitudes of tyrants. Unlike Christ, the perfect sacrifice frees us from Satan’s grasp once for all, brave men and women in our Armed Forces must sacrifice regularly to preserve freedom. (Heb 10:10; 1 Jhn 1:7) As Jefferson noted, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Which are you? Are you a consumer or a provider? If you are a consumer, thank those who worked and provided your freedom. If you are a provider, may I extend my personal thanks to you? May I share with you that I greatly appreciate all you’ve done for our freedom and liberty? May I also convey that, though ultimately you provided freedom and liberty, I understand that it was simply that soldier, sailor, airman or marine next to you, as they fought for you, you fought for them. That personal sacrifice is not lost on this pastor. Thank you, all of you, every one of you. God loves you. He died to save you, regardless anything that may have happened on the battle field. He was there with you, He knows, He forgave.