“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NASB
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
Excellent words! Life-giving words! Truth! By a founder of Christianity and the other, a president of our nation. I believe the founders of our country believed to the point of death in individual rights. I believe Jesus did to the point of suffering and death. George Washington presented both beliefs with great urgency and emotion in his farewell address.
I have a copy of the Constitution of the United States, copy of the Bill of Rights and many copies of the Bible. In fact, the Bible helps me to understand the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I still have just a taste of it all.
Remember the phrase “Give me liberty or give me death?” Christ died to give me liberty. The penalty for sin is death. The wages (earned) of sin is death. Liberty is very, very expensive. Blood is the most precious. The ultimate payment. There’s the Bible quote: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot.… “(1 Peter 1:18)
Our founders, forefathers, ancestors, family members also shed blood. It was precious, but it was not without blemish or spot. The founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. May God help us to do this at our churches, school boards, communities, homes.
I depend on the Holy Spirit to guide me day-to-day in these perilous times. History and the Bible prove all times were perilous. They are today. I never want to throw away my Confidence. I want my children and grandchildren to live in this free republic. Paul instructed us to keep standing firm. Standing firm is what I will do, with help from God and other liberty-loving persons.
We will never make effectual, positive, live-giving change without our Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit. History proves this over and over. And it’s an inside job first. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, personally, culturally and nationally. So, I stand firm in Christ. In Grace. In the Holy Spirit. There is no other way. They’ve all been tried with devastating results.
Thank you for this country, purchased with blood. Thank you for grace and salvation, purchased with blood without stain or blemish. Taking for granted this freedom, indulging in complacency and bowing to fear need to be removed. Humbly I ask you to remove these as we celebrate freedom with words so inadequate, with minds too closed and hearts too small to comprehend.