Freedom Is Not Free!

Freedom! What a comforting word, what a cherished privilege. Our nation celebrates its freedom on July 4th. But we know that freedom is not free! Many lives have been sacrificed in order to secure and maintain the freedom that we hold dear. Not only that, we must recognize a powerful Hand that has guided and blessed our pursuit of freedom.

As our nation seems to try every more determinedly to remove all mention of God from daily life, I am reminded of the consideration and celebration of God that existed at the founding of our nation and has continued throughout the strengthening of our nation. I am convinced that the abandonment of God is driving the weakening and decline of our nation.

Are you familiar with the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner, penned by Francis Scott Key?

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest the victory and peace, may the heav’n — rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us as a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause, it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star – spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” (source).

When we remove the “Power that hath made and preserved us a nation,” and remove “In God is our trust,” then we remove the solid foundation upon which we could continue to stand! John Helbig

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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