The Price of Freedom
Ramon Arias | May 28, 2017
Since the beginning of human history, people have died fighting for their freedom through wars, revolutions, and counterrevolutions. Freedom is coveted in the heart and minds of those who seek to be liberated from oppression. This year, as we observe another Memorial Day Celebration, we must assess the present situation of our country and the direction we have taken, but before we do, let us remember how this observance began.
The Memorial Day we now observe, in memory of all who died while serving in the American armed forces in the different wars, was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday started after the War Between the States honoring over six hundred thousand soldiers that lost their lives in the Union and Confederate forces. Honoring all the dead soldiers since the American Revolution has become known as the national holiday we now observe since 1971.
From border to border, and coast-to-coast, American veterans and civilians come together to remember those who gave their lives, throughout generations, for the nation's freedom. America was born because people were willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice. It is a reminder that freedom has a price beyond the material. No doubt humanity will continue to die in the pursuit of a better life against evil.
America is extremely divided ideologically, and historically and this cannot end well. Those who apparently have the upper hand with dominance through their ideas of humanism/atheism, socialism, Marxism and Communism are determined to eradicate America's original conception of freedom.
America's form of freedom is unique in the history of the world. If anyone wants to understand the foundation of the nation's freedoms they will have to go back in time to the history of 1620 through 1776. It is impossible for America to survive outside of the fundamental groundwork laid by the Forefathers to establish a biblical Christian society.
The greatest danger for the future of America comes not from the outside but from within through dangerous beliefs that are spreading like a deadly disease. Yes, ideas have consequences. Lethal ideas are spreading like wildfire. These ideas affirm that there are no absolutes and that all truth is relative. Ideas like multiculturalism, political correctness, a genderless society, and the dumbing-down of the American mind through every venue of education lead to the indoctrination of the population to be submissive to the elite that wants to dictate how we should live. Make no mistake; we are in a culture war, and the outcome will define if we are going to go back to the biblical concept of freedom or to the chains of slavery.
Let me repeat, America was born as a Christian nation; the question now remains: are the citizens, especially those of the body of Christ, going to mobilize to stop the negative trends? The historical clock is telling us our times are crucial.
This is a question for the professing Christian in America: have you ever thought of what this nation would look like if it became dominated by the biblical philosophy? There would be remarkably positive ramifications for America, and the world would be revolutionized when atheism comes tumbling down as it is exposed by its failures and the destruction of life that it causes. Have you noticed that the nations dominated by the philosophy of atheism continue to crumble and have no answers for their problems? If America continues to make its way toward this foolish lifestyle of godlessness and secularism, the blame will be ours.
Real and lasting freedom can only be found in the biblical worldview, and it does not come without paying its price. Biblical Christians, without an apology, can reclaim their heritage if they can remember who they are and regain control.
The Christian patriot, Patrick Henry, who was willing to sacrifice his life to defend the Christian foundation, wrote in his will, "I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more that I wish I could give to them. That is the Christian religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not that and I had given them the world, they would be poor."1
In March 1775 Henry said: "The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave… Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but has for me, give me liberty or give me death!"2
Patrick Henry's sentiment and commitment are found in many people throughout this nation, may you and I add our life and dedication to the list.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:13-14 (ESV)