During my military career I was a participant in three wars. There were many other outbreaks, uprisings, revolutions, operations, etc. that I played a very small role in, but I was there in one way or another. I do not share this history in the hope of being considered a “great warrior”—I am not. I do not share this history in the hope of being considered a “hero”—I am not.
I do share that history in the hope of being known as one who said “yes” when it was time to go to war for something I believe. Yes, I served for my country, but more importantly I served the idea; the idea of America. Our Constitution begins with the words, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
To me, these are not just words—they are indeed an idea. An idea that is unique to the history of this world…an idea worth defending. Our founders truly believed in the concept of a “Blessing of Liberty”, these were men grounded by their faith in God. Yes, they were with flaw; yes, they were sinners; and yes, some of them participated in acts that today (with the benefit of hindsight) we find reprehensible. But they were willing to sacrifice their money, possessions, reputations, freedoms, and lives for the Blessing of Liberty.
What does “Blessing of Liberty” mean? Webster defines “liberty” as “the quality or state of being free”. Okay, great concept! What does “blessing” mean? Well, the world would tell us it is something we say after someone sneezes, or it is a “hope” or “wish”.
God tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:8 that it something much more powerful and fulfilling, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
This Scripture made me think about what freedom I am blessed with. Recently, a dear friend asked me to think about who I was before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and if I had not made that decision where I would be today. The question brought tears to my eyes. I’m pretty sure I was a good person—I worked hard, I provided for my family, I showed love. But I was not “blessed” in every good work. No matter how hard I tried, I did not live up to God’s standard—none of us can. Jesus turned my life around—yes, I still sin and mess up (daily). But I am truly blessed.
Through God’s blessing I have LIBERTY! I am free from my sin and mess-ups! Our founding fathers built America on that concept—I trust my eternity to that truth. Where are you?