Freedom is best appreciated after you find yourself in bondage, and taken for granted when we think we can’t be enslaved.
To those in bondage, a life of freedom doesn’t just have a different flavor; it’s a whole new buffet.
You can be in bondage to a vicious dictator, a bottle of whiskey or an unhealthy relationship. Whether someone purposefully and hatefully imprisons you or you’ve allowed yourself to be enslaved, freedom is only a fantasy until you cross over that victory line. Those without hope dare not even dream of freedom.
Sometimes liberty is within our reach, other situations require heroes to obtain it for us.
There are those who don’t appreciate their freedoms. They’re not thankful for the heroes that have provided it for them. They don’t see the chains that imprison them in a place where they need to be right, and can’t see the opportunities set before them.
To those not enslaved or those that don’t recognize their shackles, the struggles of bondage are seldom either respected or appreciated. Those enslaved to drugs or alcohol or other addictions are often shunned, made fun of, looked down upon, resented, feared and hated. Those imprisoned by evil men or power-hungry governments are often forgotten as quickly as their pictures fade from our television screens.
We shouldn’t live in fear of losing our freedoms, but neither should we take our freedoms for granted. By refusing to acknowledge those who would attempt to take our liberties from us, we allow them access to our greatest treasure.
Liberties must be cherished, and respected.
No, freedom isn’t free; we must fight to maintain it, lest the enemy snatch it while we sleep.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ‘…though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.’ (KJV)
God bless America and keep us safe in our liberties!