Memorials are Important

In March, 2019, I stood at the side of Highway 317. The road was lined with people, all there to do the same thing. We had all gathered to show our respects to Joseph P. Collette of the 242 Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. Joseph P. Collette had lost his life in Afghanistan to small arms fire just days before. It was a surreal and somber experience as the motorcade went by to take him home to Lancaster. A costly reason for reflection, but a reason no less. I thought of those who have paid that ultimate price for all the freedoms we enjoy today.

We all enjoy living in a country that made the decision at its inception that its citizens would be free. Free to live life how they want, and more importantly free to worship how they want. We should always remember that our freedom of worship comes from hard-working, sacrificial service men and women, that have worked hard to preserve our freedoms.

God too is in the business of freedom, and it is not bound by citizenship to any one country. In fact, he planned our freedom before the creation of the world. We have a much bigger potential bondage than that of a tyrannical government, and that is the potential bondage to sin. This bondage is one that can only be broken by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Our constant memorial picture of freedom: freedom from sin and eternal death. Let’s remember our freedom in Christ and our country, and count our many blessings, naming them one by one. Romans 8:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

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