Freedom and Responsibility - A Memorial Day Tribute

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

One of my greatest fears about the youth of our country is that they are not being taught what a true hero is. Our culture is losing sight of authentic heroism. Athletes, actors and rock stars are the heroes of the day. Athletes are being paid millions of dollars to play sports while our school teachers are barely making enough to pay their mortgages. Thousands pack stadiums every day to watch a team play some type of sport while soldiers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan to an empty airport terminal. There is something tragically wrong with that.

Millions of men and women have shed their blood for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. They are the real heroes. They died so we could live free. They paid the price for us. It’s not about protecting our interests in the world. It’s about standing up to tyranny and evil that hates what is right and good. Our fallen soldiers understood that it was about so much more than just us. It is about all men, women and children everywhere, not just Americans. That is what makes America the greatest nation on the planet. We are not comfortable with just our own freedom. The great thing about freedom is that when you find it, you can’t just enjoy it. You have to share it with those who aren't free.

That is what John 15:13 is all about. Freedom comes with a huge responsibility. My freedom was purchased at such a high price that I must honor the memory of those who paid for it by sharing it with everyone I possibly can. Americans are losing their sense of responsibility to the point that they are growing tired of fighting everybody else’s fight. They don’t see the point anymore and that is what frightens me. It means that we don’t value the price that was paid for us. The danger in this cultural shift is that if we don’t turn it around, we will breed a generation of Americans that will be so numb to tyranny that they will one day let it land on our shores and lead us captive without a fight.

We owe it those brave men and women who gave their lives for us to ensure that we don’t ever let that happen. We must teach our children and grandchildren what freedom is all about. That is the greatest way we can show respect and honor to the real heroes of America who laid down their lives for us.

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