I have often heard and read the phrase:
“Freedom is not free.”
And while that may be true, it sums up for me one of the greatest examples of our human depravity.
Freedom is created by God.
Freedom is one of the greatest gifts God has given unto His creation.
But because of sin, rebellion, and human depravity –
is no longer free for all as God desired.
On this memorial day, I express my gratitude to the men and women – past and present – that have served in the military to protect and serve this country. On this Memorial Day, I especially want to honor those who have died in service to this country.
On this day, I express my gratitude to others (even beyond the military) that has sought to use their lives, voices, and influence to advocate for the rights and freedoms for all of humanity.
But I also hope that while we share our appreciation of those that have served past and present, we would not forget that conflict and war in itself reflects the fallen and broken nature of humanity. While we acknowledge and appreciate, may we be that much more pursuant of the peace and shalom that God intended in the beginning and that God will consummate and restore on the Day.
May we always remember that we serve the Kingdom of God rather than the empire of nations.
We live in broken and fallen world but nevertheless, we believe in a God that created this world in beauty. Sin and rebellion enters into the human story but despite this sin, brokenness, and rebellion, we believe in a God that sent his son, Christ, to not only reconcile the world but to usher a Kingdom that will – one day – restore all things back unto Himself. God is on the move. God has a trajectory and this trajectory is to restore all things back unto Himself.
As we take time to honor those that have given their lives, may we never stop longing for peace.
I long for peace. I yearn for peace. I pray for peace. And I certainly await the day when God will restore all things.
But I don’t just want to wait, yearn, and pray for something, I want to participate – even in my small ways – in the trajectory of what I believe God has already put into motion. I want to call and invite others to live in the way of the peace: Blessed by the peacemakers.
Also, check this out: Flying a Fallen Soldier Home.