The inscription on the Korean War Memorial has even deeper meaning for Christians.
[Steve Myers] Engraved in one wall of the Korean War Memorial are these words: "Freedom is not free." It recognizes the fact that service people, people in the military, gave their lives for America, for freedom, for the opportunity to live in a free country, and it's only possible through the risks that they took and the sacrifices made by those in the military – in this instance, in the Korean War.
Now for Christians, we don't give our lives in military service in that same way, but should these words mean something maybe even more significant to us? There's a passage over in the book of Galatians, I think, that reflects this. It's right at the very beginning of chapter five. And it says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free" (Galatians 5:1 Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
American King James Version×).
You see, the significance of this passage is the fact that we do have liberty, we have freedom from sin. We have freedom from the penalty of sin. Freedom actually can mean more to you and I as God's people, because through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can be free from the penalty of sin. As we accept that sacrifice in our lives, we can have true liberty.
And so, when we think of these words, "freedom is not free", it should remind us to thank God. Thank God for the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can thank God for the freedom from the death penalty of sin. We can thank God for the freedom that He's given us through His Holy Spirit – that we have power over sin in our lives.
And, you know, that gives us at least one more freedom – we have the freedom to obey God. So let's take that freedom that God's given us seriously.
That's BT Daily. See you next time.