Jun 5, 2021
We invite you to join us as Pastor Phil shares from his heart some thoughts about Memorial Day.
1) National Freedom Is Not Free I want us to consider this truth, that “freedom isn’t free.” National freedom isn’t free. Spiritual freedom isn’t free. John 12:24 – “Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.’”
Here’s an ironic paradox about death: “Death, as terrible as it is, in some cases, brings life.” In other words, the death of one thing sometimes brings life to another.” Memorial Day is the day when we remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion fighting for our Nation.
2) Spiritual Freedom Isn’t Free
In World War One, a British nurse named Edith Cavell courageously assisted more than 200 British soldiers to escape from German-occupied Belgium in 1915. The Germans arrested her, imprisoned her, and sentenced her to be executed by firing squad. She was an ardent patriot and lover of her country, but the night before she was executed, she said to her priest, “Standing as I do in view of God and Eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough.”
For followers of Jesus Christ, there’s more to the idea that “freedom isn’t free” than remembering our fallen heroes. We remember that in Jesus Christ, we have spiritual freedom. Romans 6:16-19 – “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin . . . been set free from sin.”