On this Memorial Day 2016, I am reminded of four important things:
- Those historic men and women who gave up their lives for our freedom.
- Those who are standing for freedom around the world today.
- Those who have given their lives for the cause of Christ.
- And finally I cannot forget Christ Himself, who has won freedom for us through His death, burial, and resurrection.
For the United States, Memorial Day is a holiday (“holy day”) set apart to remember and honor those who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives in battle for our/their nation, its values, and virtues. It is also a day to reflect on the freedom that their lives and death passed on to us. While this is an American “holy day,” honoring and remembering the sacrifice of its citizens applies to every nation where individuals have given up their lives for the freedom of others.
Courageous individuals throughout the history of this nation believed that every human has the inalienable right for freedom from tyranny, dictatorship, oppression, persecution, and silencing. These brave ones stood for freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, freedom to own a home, land, and a business. My list is short. They fought for so much more.
Remembering the sacrifices of our neighbors is a global community affair because even now, many of our friends around the world are facing similar challenges and battles. In each nation there are those who stand and/or fight for freedom no matter how painful, devastating, or costly.
This Memorial Day reminds me of valor, courage, sacrifice, and loss. We must remember the people who gave us freedom and paid the price for freedom. But it’s hard to know how I can effectively thank these individuals/freedom fighters enough for their sacrifice. How could we possibly thank them enough?
So, on this day, please pause with me and remember those individuals all over the world who represent freedom and were willing to give everything up so that we can all experience freedom today.
Let’s also remember our Lord and Savior—who has won for us the ultimate freedom for eternity. And we must never forget our Christian brothers and sisters who are martyred every day to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to captives all over the world. Jesus came to bring freedom from sin and death, and freedom to truly live. We have so much to be thankful for!
This post was adapted from a post previously published on May 22, 2015.