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The Treason of Living Free

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted July 3, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

“While danger was gathering round New York, and its inhabitants were in mute suspense and fearful anticipations, the General Congress of Philadelphia was discussing, with closed doors, what John Adams pronounced, ‘The greatest question ever debated in America, and as great as ever was or will be debated among men.’ The result was, a resolution passed on the 2nd of July—‘that these United Colonies are, and of the right ought to be free and independent States.’”  The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 and from that time forward we have celebrated, protected, and cherished our freedom as Americans.

I never realized that the men who forged this document, had they been captured and tried by the British, would have been executed for high treason. I thank the Lord that these men were willing to risk all for what they believed in. They were not ashamed to be labeled in order to achieve that which was best for this nation. Two-hundred and thirty years later they are remembered not as traitors but the founding fathers of the greatest nation on the face of the earth. They were men of visionary belief in what can be achieved if freedom surrounds the people of a nation.

Two-hundred and thirty years later we are still strong and free. Certainly, there is a voice of pessimistic disbelief in the shape of our nation. There has always been that voice and always will be. Let them be pessimistic; let them shout—they have that freedom! They’ve just forgotten and taken for granted the price paid for that privilege. Those of us who love this nation let their voice be a warning that it is too easy to become apathetically negative about this country and its people. Let our voices shout forth the praise and thanks to those who have secured and those who now guard our freedom.

From the behind the closed doors of the Continental Congress to the tent flaps in Iraq, our nation’s freedom has been served and is now being served by those who believe in freedom and are willing to pay its price—even if that price is their life. So, let me say on behalf of a grateful nation and one grateful pastor, “Thank-you! While we, as a nation, may not be perfect, we are free and the freedom you fought to preserve is a freedom we still cherish. We have not let your sacrifice be in vain. So, to my Dad and his shipmates who fought in WWII, thank-you! To my Christian brother who served in Vietnam, thank-you! To a young father and Christian soldier I admire greatly who serves this nation deployed during this war, thank-you!

We owe you all a debt that can never be repaid and one that cannot be forgotten. It is only by our forgetting your sacrifices will our freedom become endangered. Everyday I see the men and women of Fort Benning as they go about their lives. We pass you by many times neglecting to tell you how much we appreciate what you have sacrificed for us. I ask that you make a commitment to let them know because you take the time to tell them. Let each uniform you see remind you to pray for the men, women, and families who protect our freedom. Whether it is a military uniform, a law enforcement uniform, or an emergency response uniform let it serve as a reminder to pray for these patriots and the mission they have accepted.

For us, as Americans, our fight for freedom was deemed treason by those who sought to stand in the way of such freedom. As a believer, a cross on a hill stands as my symbol of ultimate freedom. It has brought me freedom from the greatest threat we can ever face—enslavement to sin and the penalty it carries. I am proud to stand as a traitor to sin because I have found the freedom won for me by the Lord. The freedom I have spiritually serves only to strengthen my desire for freedom as an American. Thank you Lord, for your sacrifice so that I can be eternally free! Happy 4th of July.

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