Today our nation takes time to remember. Time to reflect on the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy. You may have members of your family, parent, grandparent, aunt, sibling, or uncle who gave their life for my freedoms. If so this day means of much more for you thank for many others.
There are many freedoms we all hold dear, many personal freedoms and I am certain that there are specific freedoms you appreciate more than others. For me three freedoms afforded by our government stand out as important to me.
1. The right to assemble peacefully.
2. Having freedom of speech. We are allowed to disagree with government and voice our differences.
3. The freedom to worship God as I understands scripture to teach. That is the Freedom of Religion.
When speaking of the freedom we have in Christ, Paul says, ” . . . . Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Gal 5:13. Peter makes a similar statement in 1Pe 2:16, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover- up for evil, but living as servants of God.”
Brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, Freedom does not mean we are freed to do as we please, but we are free to live for God. Thank you again to all who stood for and sa rig iced for us to retain these freedoms.