I watched the breakers continue to pound the shores of Okinawa as the spray gently misted the surrounding cliffs. It was here that many U.S. soldiers, mere boys, lost their lives during the bloody war called WWII. So far from family and friends, only to get shot or impaled on a lonely beach in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean... Why did they do it?
They did it because it was their call of duty. Ever since the minutemen took up arms against the British in Lexington and Concord, Americans have had a unique identification as citizens of a free nation. Our forefathers designed this nation as one to be governed by the people, for the people, and with the intention that all people have the freedom to worship God as they choose. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence not only put their land and possesions on the line, but also their lives. The patriots picked up the vision and carried the torch of freedom through some of the worst times this nation has ever known, many being killed in the fight to free this fledgling nation from a tyrannical government. President Lincoln gave his life defending the freedom of ALL PEOPLE here in America, trying to hold the nation together as men tried to rip it apart from its very core. After Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, America joined in the fight to defend the freedom that was even then being slowing pulled from their grasp. Most of the young men that helped defend America never came back alive! As I pondered the history behind the freedom we enjoy today, one thought kept repeating itself. A good friend expressed it this way, "Liberty is a costly commodity. If it's free to anyone, it's because someone else paid a high price."
As we enter another Easter holiday, let us remember the reason for our freedom from the tenacious grip of sin. It took a Saviour to leave His home in Heaven, travel to a lonely planet called earth, and die a cruel death on the cross. What love! What a price! And oh, what a Saviour!