It’s Memorial Day Weekend as I write this.
So what do you do on Memorial Day?
If you’re like many of us, your office is closed. That opens the door to a host of things you can choose from. There’s shopping. The national chains will have some kind of sale to entice you to part with your hard earned money. You could get together with your friends and grill some burgers. If you splurge, cook some steaks. If you’re a vegan, grilled squash, zucchini, and peppers can be quite tasty.
Or maybe you could just sit home and watch a TV show marathon. If you feel guilty enough, you could clean out the storage shed you haven’t been inside for five years.
Perhaps you feel a bit patriotic. There’s probably a parade or a fireworks show nearby that you could attend.
You’re free to make any choice you want.
The question is what does it cost for you to have freedom of choice?
It’s easy to think that freedom is an entitlement. It is after all, God’s design for humanity. Jesus died so His people could have it. Because there are some in the world that don’t want others to be free, some of us who do will have to risk our lives to protect our freedom. What is at stake? Injury, trauma, and death.
Freedom involves risk. You could be right or you could be wrong. You might be successful or you might fail. Freedom holds no guarantees. Neither does life apart from death. So you have a responsibility. Will you embrace the freedom that was purchased with the blood of brave, committed soldiers, or will you just sit by and sell your soul to something that promises security but robs you of freedom?
I think the soldiers would rather you be free.
But with freedom, you can make the choice you want.
Enjoy your burgers. And when you say grace, ask God to bless our armed forces.