Freedom Is Not Free

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 28th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Our celebration of Memorial Day is no different than the first origins; it is a day that we set aside to remember the powerful acts of sacrifice that the American soldier has given in service to our nation. It is so much more than a day to set up the BBQ, or go down to the beach.

Let's Be Thankful for our Freedom

Joshua 4:1-8
Memorial Stones from Jordan
1 Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 2 “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.’” 4 So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. 6 Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

The day our flagpole was ready, We had no flag to fly
A mother stepped forward and said I have a flag with a tear in her eye
It was given to me the day that we laid my son to rest
He was a true blue soldier who gave his life his best.

I got a knot in my throat and a chill in my bones
A tear rolled down my face
A mother has lost her son at war
The pain on her face.

In a mother's eyes you can see red, white, and blue
In a mother's eyes you can see the pain so true
Freedom comes with a cost of sadness and loss
You can see in a mother's eyes.

When someone puts their life on the line so others can be free
It's a selfless act of courage and love, how thankful we all should be
And when I look at the flag today, I see a whole new meaning there
I see the men and the women who died for her
So in this freedom we can share.

In a mother's eyes you can see red, white, and blue
In a mother's eyes you can see the pain so true
Freedom comes with a cost of sadness and loss
You can see in a mother's eyes.

In a mother's eyes you can see red, white, and blue
In a mother's eyes you can see the pain so true
Freedom comes with a cost of sadness and loss
You can see in a mother's eyes.

In memory of PFC Lynn Robbin Krotzer, USMC (KIA 1969 Vietnam) Gibsonburg, OHIO
Songwriter © 1999 Andrew Dean

Memorial Day is a day that has been set aside to honor the fallen who have sacrificed their very life in service to the country that they loved. There is much disagreement as to the origins of the holiday, but the official Wikipedia definition (Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia) has this to say:

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end.

Began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the civil war, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 (since 1911) and the Coca-Cola 600 (since 1960) auto races.

In our text, Joshua was instructed to leave the stones by the river to serve as a memorial. All that really means is God wanted His people to remember what He had done. He wanted them to have a tangible representation of His power, and what His power could accomplish.

Our celebration of Memorial Day is no different; it is a day that we set aside to remember the powerful acts of sacrifice that the American soldier has given in service to our nation. It is so much more than a day to set up the BBQ, or go down to the beach.

Memorial Day Is A Time To Remember our Fallen Soldiers


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought, how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many Pilots' planes shot down?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, Freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, Freedom isn't free!!

Copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong

Our freedom has come at a great price. It has come at an extremely high price. It has come at the expense of our young men and women. Well more than a million of our best and our brightest have sacrificed their lives in defense of this nation.
It is the soldier, not the theologian, who has secured our freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has secured our freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the protestor, who has secured our freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the judge or the lawyer, who has secured our judicial system.

It is the soldier, not the entrepreneur, who has secured our economic opportunity.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped in the flag, who has secured freedom for those who wish to burn the flag.

Without those who have been willing to sacrifice for the cause of liberty, none of the freedoms mentioned above would be possible.

So this Memorial Day, remember those who made our freedom possible.
Memorial Day is a Day to Remember The Saints Who Died for the Faith

Let me tell you about Kim Kyung II. In 1997, Kyung and his brother crossed the border from North Korea into China. The following year he met a pastor, became a Christian and joined a Bible study group. Under the leadership of this pastor, Kyung Il served refugees from North Korea and started Bible studies in the Chengdoo region. He later became involved with sending refugees to South Korea.

Kyung Il was overseer of a safe house that discipled over 70 refugees. When a large number from the group were arrested by the Chinese police, he fled with some of the remaining refugees to the China Mongolian border. He and his wife were captured, but the rest of the group continued their journey in the desert. Without their leader, they wandered for two days and finally crossed the border into Mongolia, where they reached the South Korean embassy and received passage to South Korea.

Kyung Il and his wife were sent back to North Korea and placed in prison. His pregnant wife was hit in the stomach with a stick forcing an abortion. In the prison there were many inmates who knew Kim well, but they protected him by pretending not to know him. Thus the authorities did not realize how involved he was with helping refugees escape from North Korea. He was released after serving only a short sentence. He remembers that those who protected his identity while in prison had asked him to work harder to let the world know about their situation.

Kim's wife was released from prison shortly after the forced abortion. She escaped to South Korea with other family members. After his release, Kyung Il fled to China and worked at another safe house. He continued to disciple refugees and assisted them in escaping to South Korea. During April 2002, he was caught by the Chinese police. Since his arrest, he has been held in prison in China.

Kyung Il is scheduled to be sent back to North Korea where is will surely be executed. In America, where the American soldier gave his life for us to have freedom, we have a hard time understanding stories like this. This story sounds like a story from centuries ago, but it is not. These types of events are happening across our world every day!
This Memorial Day, take a moment and remember the saints who have been, and continue to be persecuted for sharing the love of Christ.

Memorial Day is a Day to Remember the Christ Who Died for Us

1 Corinthians 11:24-26 (New American Standard Bible)
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took( the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Jackie Robinson was the first black person to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. Players would stomp on his feet and kick him.

While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he made an error. The fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered. Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career.

We are sometimes like Jackie Robinson, full of shame. Sometimes, like Jackie, our shame is from nothing we've done. Sometimes our shame is from our own sin and guilt. And like Pee Wee Reese, Jesus comes and slips his arm around us, and bears our shame for us. That's what we remember at communion-- Jesus coming to earth with his strong arm of salvation.

Every time we share the communion cup, we remember what Christ did. Today, as we enter into our time of communion, let us also remember the American Soldier, and what he has done for us, and remember the Persecuted Church, and the trials they continue to endure.

Our freedom is not free. It was expensive indeed.

©2011 Claim The Victory Ministries


Communion, Freedom, Freedom Of Religion, Martyrs, Memorial Day, Persecution, Soldiers

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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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