Freedom is never one generation away from extinction…. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
The world seems to have gone crazy. I can’t watch the news or social media without seeing some new report of violence, ineffective or disunited governments, terrorism, and plain unadulterated evil.
I want to cover my eyes and plug my ears and have you tell me when it’s over.
Ours is certainly not the first generation to see things we never thought we’d see.
This weekend, many of us will be grilling hot dogs, eating apple pie, and enjoying a long weekend. It’s easy to put these things out of our minds when we don’t have bombs going off in our own backyards. Unfortunately, it’s a scary world out there.
It’s important that we acknowledge those who have fought for the freedoms that we have in this country, freedoms that spread across the world after 1776. While we know the War for Independence changed America, I think it’s fair to say, it changed the world, even in a small way.
Freedom Isn’t Free
Let’s remember that that freedom comes with a price, and that it’s not a guarantee. Even yet there are nations and people who don’t enjoy the individual liberties we do. Even yet, our own freedoms hang in the balance. Liberty and justice are not guaranteed to us for life. As Ronald Reagan said,
Freedom is never one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
We fight for this freedom when we pray, when we vote, when we shop, when we reach out to those who think differently than us, when we defend someone who is being mistreated, and yes, when we bear arms for our country.
Thanks and blessings to those who continue to fight the good fight in our nation’s military. I appreciate that you protect my family’s freedom.
Those of us not in uniform, may we be encouraged to fight the good fight, however small, right where we are.
Originally published July 3, 2014. Updated July 1, 2016.