As a little girl I watched my Dad march in the color guard at patriotic parades, wearing his uniform and proudly carrying “Old Glory”. I was so proud of him. He had fought in many battles in the South Pacific Islands during WWII. He was a patriot like so many before him including my Grandfather who was a soldier sent “Over There” in WWI. Our family history is full of such patriots who unselfishly went to war defending our way and those God-given traditions of freedom. My uncle was seriously wounded at Anzio Beach Italy in WWII. My brother served in the Army, helping save Cambodian refugees from Communist forces. My brother-in-law gave the ultimate price in an ambush in Vietnam in 1968. We take my sons and grandsons to his grave site every Memorial Day to ensure they understand and value the price for the freedom that we have.
My husband and I served with the Army in Berlin Germany when it was surrounded by the wall during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. We saw firsthand the tyranny that existed in East Germany. The Russians, with their AK47s, polished knee high boots, and hats with red stars, patrolled the wall. They stood in their towers at attention, daring anyone to cross the dismal and colorless area known as “no man’s land”. Oppression and helplessness were written on the faces of the people on the other side of that wall. Many died trying to get to our side to gain the freedom they so longed for.
Is freedom worth defending? You Betcha!!
Psalm 144:1 – (NIV) “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
It is our duty as Christians to defend our freedom of religion – to do whatever it takes to preserve our ability to worship God. Jesus said “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”. But we can’t confuse meekness with weakness - being meek is not synonymous with being weak. Being a Christian is not being weak.
Jesus was not weak.
Meek is a term to describe strong and powerful war horses. Their appearance on a battlefield struck fear in the hearts of the enemy. But the war horses were also meek. They trusted in their master and allowed his total control. Meek is what we, as Christians, should be. A force to be reckoned with, trusting in the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all things, knowing that God is in control and has our backs.
Preachers, Evangelists, and Missionaries do battle with a powerful enemy and fight for our souls with every message they give. They are fighting for our freedom from evil. Prayer Warriors are fighting for our freedom from illnesses, financial problems, doubts, personal needs - through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6:13-17 says to "put on the whole armor of God; . . . to take the HELMET OF SALVATION, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD."
Jesus won our freedom by giving his precious blood at Calvary. What a freedom He defended! Freedom from sin; freedom from the shackles that Satan tries to bind us with. Freedom with peace and joy. Don’t give up your freedom that Jesus defended for you. Don’t let Satan into your life. Don’t give into the secular society. Whether defending natural freedom or spiritual freedom, we must stay strong and meek, and in turn, defend our freedom for the sake of the generations to come.
Praise be to God on High, His Precious Son, Jesus, and the Powerful Holy Spirit.
Beverly Brannan resides with her high school sweetheart and husband of 47 years in Fort Worth, Texas. They have two sons and five grandsons. She retired after 40 years with the Department of Defense. Beverly and her husband now enjoy traveling in their camper, riding their Harleys, team roping, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.