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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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The Cost Of Freedom

Hebrews 9.22

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[Let us never forget that “Freedom is NEVER Free!”] 

[As Americans we have been given a liberty of untold value in the history of our world.  Yes, we struggle to maintain the balance between government and liberty.  There are differing opinions about what American government is and should do and what levels of involvement government should have in our lives and culture.  Still, the liberty we enjoy in America is wonderful, and inspiring.] 

Things to think about on this Memorial Day,  

A.     The Promotion Of Freedom [– Think for a moment about what God gave you when He provided that you should be born in America.  What if you had been born somewhere else?  What if you had never known the protection, provision, and promise of our American culture?] 

1.      Mogadishu, Somolia  [- Just consider a place like Mogadishu, Somolia.  I recall a distance learning student from that city who was studying to earn a BA degree from  the Bible college I was studying with.  He was running an orphanage and was trying to educate those orphans.  Just this last week on one of our major news channels I watched a report on that war torn country.  For decades that country has existed without any real form of government.  The country has a president and a very small military, but the president and his military are not strong enough to control the war lords that essentially rule the country.  ] 

[The country is ravaged by war.  The building are in shambles.  People are starving to death and live in desperation.  One report told of bands of militia consisting of sixteen to twenty year old men who execute swift judgment, even amputating hands and legs from accused thieves.  Mogadishu, Solomia is a real world example of what life would be like with no real government in place.  It would be chaos.] 

2.      Islamic Governments [– While I am no expert on Islamic Governments, I am still thankful that I am not in an Islamic country.  As I think about the countries that I affiliate with the Islamic or Muslim culture I am reminded of their restrictive culture.  The restrictions placed upon their women.  Their apparently, radical positions on life, in my esteem.  Their religious laws and factions fill me with fear. No real faith can be compulsory, but each individual must choose to know and worship God. ] 

[Likely, the images that come to our mind when we think about Islam cultures are those images that surround World Trade Centers and their attack.  I am very thankful that I do not live in an Islamic country.]  

3.      Other Places I Have Been [– I recall the poverty of Paraguay.  Seeing a young man riding in a rugged Ox Cart while talking on his cell phone.  I suppose cell phone are less of a problem at the speed for which an ox cart travels.  I also recall the rugged outdoor emergency location that was referred to as an hospital, which was nothing more than a concrete table in a large concrete outdoor court yard.  I am thankful for the doctor I could go to this last week to help me with my health.] 

[I recall the missionary I stayed with for a few hours while waiting for my next interpreter and ride to my next seminar.  I recall taking my shoes off to enter their home that had hard mud floors.  I must admit that was the cleanest mud I had ever walked on.  I really like my American mansion, and it is a mansion when compared to many foreign cultures.] 

[I recall the Ukraine and its remnants of the Soviet Union.  With check points every few miles on the road ways.  I can only imagine what it must have been like to live under a government that was so restrictive.  I think of South Korea and the concertina wire and bunkers on their beaches.  A country still technically at war, and just this last week we heard reports of the potential for a resurgence of the war as North Korea sunk a South Korean war ship.  I am so very thankful that I am a citizen of America.] 

[How Do We Promote Freedom?] 

1.      [You Must First Value The Freedom You Have – Do you recognize that what these people gave their lives for is unique to America and is incredibly valuable.  Don’t take your liberty for granted.] 

2.      [You Must Be Involoved In Your Freedom – Be a part of protecting and promoting your Liberty.] 

B.     The Price Of Freedom [– The truth of life is that anything worth having costs something.  There is a price to be paid for the food you eat, the home you live in, the luxuries you enjoy.  Everything has a price and nothing is ever really free.  Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you ever get anything for nothing,  Our freedom is no different.  A great price was paid for our freedom.] 

1.       The Requirement Of Freedom [-  The cost of American Liberty[1] ] 

a.      [Civil War]

1)      [Total Servicemembers 3,263,363]

2)      [Total Cost In Lives 498,332] 

b.      [World War II]

1)      [Total Servicemembers 16,112,566]

2)      [Total Cost In Lives 405,399] 

c.       [In US History]

1)      [Total Americans Serving 41,891368]

2)      [Total Cost In Lives 1,190,109] 

2.      The Result Of Freedom [- The American Dream of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness did not just evolve in America.  It was fought for and earned through the sacrifices of those who were willing to fight for the preservation of our country and its interests.  On this Memorial Day we are called to remember all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the preservation of our country and liberty.  While we acknowledge all who have served in our armed services on Veterans Day, on Memorial Day we acknowledge those who died that we might live and live in liberty.] 

3.      The Responsibility Of Freedom [– The shed blood of over one million American servicemen and women places an incredibly high level of responsibility upon each and every one of us as the benefactors of the freedom they earned for us.  Their ultimate sacrifice demands our responsibility.  We are tasked to,] 

a.        [Live Honorable Lives – We must always strive to live worthy of their life.  In this regard I think that an honorable life must be one based on honesty, integrity, justice, mercy, and compassion.  For without any one of these there is bondage, not freedom.  Live Worthy Of Their Sacrifice.] 

b.      [Protect Liberty – We all must stand up for the liberty that those who have gone before us have won for us.  We must be aware of and active in our political processes.  We must not be those good men and women who would stand aside and allow the forces of evil to trample down the liberty they fought to secure for us.] 

c.       [Promote Liberty – Freedom is worth our lives.] 

C.     The Promise Of Freedom (Gal 5.1) [– While our American freedom is wonderful there is a liberty that is far greater than any freedom that can be known in this mortal life.  Paul wrote,] 

[Galatians 5:1 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ]

[This liberty is eternal in nature and provides everlasting life to all who hold it.  Like our American liberty it is if anything but free.  This eternal liberty was bought at great price and is permeated with great promises and provision.  Of course I am talking about our salvation which was secured through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.] 

1.      The Requirement of our Salvation (Heb 9.22; Col 1.12-14; Rom 6.23; 10.9-10) [–   And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. – The Bible clearly reminds us that our eternal salvation and supernatural liberty poured out of the veins of our Lord Jesus Christ.  His suffering on Calvary’s Cross and His shed blood has redeemed us and cleansed us eternally.  Paul wrote,] 

[Colossians 1:12-14 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ]

[Our Salvation required that the penalty for our sins be paid.   The penalty for sin, or the cost of our sin is death (Rom 6.23).  Our Lord Jesus Christ took our place on Calvary’s Cross and paid the penalty owed for your sins in full, so that you might be redeemed.  All you have to do to receive the salvation, the liberty, that the Lord Jesus Christ offers you is receive Him as your personal Lord and Savior.] 

[Romans 10:9-10 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ]

2.      The Result of our Salvation (Gal 5.1, 13; 1 Pet 2.16; 2 Pet 2.19) [– Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. – In Christ Jesus our Lord we have liberty, true and eternal freedom.  But, again, my friends don’t make the mistake of thinking that liberty means only license, or the ability to do anything and everything you want to.  This liberty came to us at a great cost.  It cost Jesus Christ His life and blood.  It cost the Heavenly Father His only begotten Son.  It cost heaven the very best that it had to offer.  This spiritual liberty of ours came at a great sacrifice and therefore carries with it a great responsibility.  The Bible reads,]

[Galatians 5:13 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ]

[1 Peter 2:16 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. ]

[When people loose sight of the foundational responsibility that accompanies the price paid for liberty and freedom, then they loose their ability to maintain that freedom. ]

[2 Peter 2:19 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. ]

3.      The Responsibility of our Salvation (Eph 2.10) [– For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – As a born again child of God your Heavenly Father wants you to walk and talk like a child of His glorious kingdom.  It is an incredible honor to know the eternal salvation and liberty that our Lord has given us.  Why wouldn’t we want to live the kind of life that highly exalts and manifests all that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.] 


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