Freedom is not free.
It comes at a price.
Jesus paid the price for our freedom from sin and death.
Countless people paid the price for the freedom we enjoy in America.
Diedrich Bonhoeffer paid the price for both his country and his God.
In honor of our Nation’s Birth, today I set aside the series “The Cost of Discipleship” by Bonhoeffer to ask you,
What price are you paying?
To maintain freedom, it continues to cost (the only thing paid in full is our salvation, everything else we must work to preserve).
Freedom of speech costs.
Freedom of religion costs.
Freedom from tyranny costs.
Freedom to be individuals costs.
Our founders knew that.
“with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Declaration of Independence 1776 (emphasis mine).
Pledging our lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Our founders were not super heroes. They were ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
They didn’t casually sign their names. It was a commitment to care for an idea from conception to birth. It was a commitment to die instead of living in tyranny. It was a commitment to trust God. It was a commitment to themselves and to future generations.
Today, our liberties are eroding as our Government grows. To have both is an oxymoron.
So what are you willing to pay to preserve our freedom?
How about your comfort? Branching out of your comfort zone and talking to those who may disagree with you.
How about your pride? Laying aside pride to stand next to someone you normally wouldn’t in order to fight for the things we do have in common.
How about your leisure time? Devoting time to educate yourself and those around you about history and current events- going beyond the media and doing homework.
How about your money? Taking your spending money and placing it into something more eternal than a movie, new clothes, vacations, etc.
How about your prayer life? Taking time to pray for our nation and leaders as we ask God what He wants us to DO! (What’s our part? Faith + Actions)
How about taking time to verify you and your loved ones are registered to vote? If you have never actually voted there is a chance you THINK you are registered and really are not-14% of American’s are under the assumption they are registered. Find out- http://www.wallbuilders.com/vote/
Freedom comes at a price.
What price are you paying?
In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. asked people to sign a commitment card. He didn’t do this to get people in trouble or to bolster his own ego. He did it because something happens when we formally sign our names to a document. It makes us take ownership of our part in an agreement.
In America, we agree as citizen to elect officials to represent us and to follow their laws.
In America, elected officials agree to serve the people- not their own agenda’s.
In America, when the people disagree with those officials, the people have the responsibility to vote those officials out of office.
In America, we have that agreement with our government.
Sadly many of us have forgotten this agreement (Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the US).
So today I ask that you actively engage.
Commit to defend our freedom.
While I don’t have a card or document to sign, you can still pledge within yourself to do all God directs in order for our nation to be “One Nation Under God.” (You can connect with others who are joining together to secure our freedom here.)
Are you willing to pay?
For more information on our founders and the active roles they played in birthing our nation, check out: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=100
Happy Birthday America! I pray for 100 more years of freedom! I am committed to that freedom.
For more information on how our liberties are at stake and what you can do to protect our freedom sign up for July’s Newsletter at the top of this post- right side under the white header “Newsletter”. July’s Newsletter will come out Tuesday July 3, 2012. You can opt out anytime. In honor of our Nation’s Birth I will not be posting on Wed.