To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on May 24, 2018 by Roger Goins


Freedom is not free; it’s not now and it has never been free!  Someone always has to pay for the freedom of others.  Decoration Day—now known as Memorial Day—was officially proclaimed by General John Logan in General Order 11.  The order was to decorate the graves of fallen comrades in order to remember their sacrifice.  It says in part:

…. Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

I worry sometimes that as Americans, we have forgotten the cost.  Let’s just say we don’t always exercise our freedoms in ways that respect the sacrifices made to purchase that freedom.   I also think that as Christians, we often forget the cost of our freedom.  “Jesus paid it all” is more than just the words to an old hymn.  Jesus willingly gave His life so that we could have freedom from sin, from shame, and even from death.  He didn’t even ask us to “earn it.” His deathbed proclamation was “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

So, this Memorial Day, sleep late, relax, fire up the grill and remember the sacrifices of brave men.  Remember the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the cross. Most importantly, resolve to live a life that respects that sacrifice. 


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