Remember the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy
    May 19 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    It is so easy to go throughout our day without pausing to reflect on all the freedoms that we enjoy in this great nation. But on Memorial Day, we are encouraged to take the time to remember that these freedoms came with great sacrifice.
     
    Since the founding of this country, men and women have paid the ultimate price so that we might have the privilege of living in a state of freedom and be active participants in our government and society.
     
    In these United States, we are blessed to enjoy many opportunities and the freedom to make our own choices. We are fortunate to be citizens of a nation where our Constitution guarantees some liberties that aren’t available in many other countries.
     
    Because of the sacrifices soldiers of these United States have paid since our beginning as a free nation, we have enjoyed the freedom to worship our God according to the dictates of our own conscience without fear of oppression. This is a right that Christ-followers are convinced was given to individuals by the Almighty Creator.
     
    As Christians and also as American citizens, we must be vigilant and always stand ready to do our part in making certain that this generation and the generations to come do not lose this freedom in America. Although we love our nation and the form of democratic government that has enabled these United States to become a strong, powerful and wealthy nation by the grace of God, we must never forget that our ultimate allegiance is to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
     
    While we may be tempted to take our freedoms and liberties for granted, I hope that on this Memorial Day, our hearts will be filled with gratitude to our God, to our soldiers, our veterans and even their families who sacrificed so much.
     
    Even those soldiers who survived their tour of military duty without injury lived with the knowledge that their service to our country might cost them their life. Multiple thousands of brave men and women who donned the American military uniform and placed themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others live today with significant physical limitations and deep-seated emotional scars they incurred while fighting for the cause of freedom.
     
    Take the time to express gratitude for those Americans who served and those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America.
     
    Don’t forget that there are some individuals from other countries living in America today who fought bravely alongside of U.S. soldiers for the same cause of freedom. These individuals also paid a high price as a result of the horrors of war. Express appreciation for them too.
     
    The scriptures tell us that Christ humbled Himself on our behalf and came to earth to die a sacrificial death for us. Our spiritual freedom cost Christ everything. May our hearts be filled with gratitude for the freedoms we have been granted, not just on Memorial Day, but all year long.
     
    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” – John 15:13 (NKJV)

    5/19/2015 12:44:56 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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