“If the Son, therefore, shall make you free; ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Boston, Massachusetts, city of historic significance, offers a unique perspective on the issue of freedom. Most specifically it speaks to the quest for freedom in the New World. There is a red brick path that circles for two and one-half miles through the streets of Boston. Strewn along this marked pilgrimage are bronze markers and numerous monuments to the Revolutionary War and our founding fathers.
This trek enlightens the seeking soul – or at minimum – educates the enquiring minds who read the words left behind from our forebears. My husband an I started at the end of the trail. This kept us meeting up with a parade of people who had started their journey in Boston Commons. At least we didn’t get held up by a string of people less motivated to conquer the trail.
The trail ends – thus began for us – at the Bunker Hill monument. How often does a monument mark the site of a battle that was lost? This 221-foot tall obelisk, a shorter version of the Washington Monument, does just that.
It stands atop Breed’s Hill. (I know you’re wondering why it’s the called the Bunker Hill monument – you and millions of other people). This place where revolutionaries lost to troops of superior number and armament holds inspirational value because it proved that the British army wasn’t invincible. After all, it took them three tries and one-half their men to overrun the fortification.
Freedom has never been free. It demands a ransom paid in blood. Whether the blood of soldiers or the blood of a Savior, freedom’s immense, innate value requires sacrificial lives to acquire.
It would be cheapened if it could be bought with perishable silver or gold. According to 1 Peter 1:18-19, we are not redeemed by these corruptible things. Our redemption comes from the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Thus, He purchased freedom for us by sacrificially giving his life.
In America, freedom loses its preciousness because the generations that fought to preserve it are passing away. The younger generations want to call those faithful veterans warmongers, believing there is some other way to barter for freedom.
It can’t be done. Not that anyone should be a warmonger, but as long as mankind rules the world, war will be necessary. Greed for power, wealth or land will drive some men to oppress others and only warfare will release them from these chains.
It may be a warfare fought with marches and protests, speeches from platforms or guns and bombs. People will be called upon to lay down their lives. The price of blood will be paid. Freedom will be won.
How much does freedom mean to you? Are you willing to pay the ultimate price? Jesus did. “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).