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Freedom Isn’t Free, But It Is Not For Sale

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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Tomorrow we celebrate one of the most important holidays in America- Independence Day. It was on July 4th, 236 years ago that we claimed independence as a nation. We formed a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that granted us some of the most important freedoms: the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press and the freedom of religion.

Sometimes I think about what it would be like if we did not have that last freedom- what would America look like if we were not allowed to worship freely?

Would it look like Iran, where a pastor is sitting on death row for refusing to recant his faith?

Would it look like Pakistan, where a mother of five has been sitting in jail for the past three years, because she does not share the same religion as her neighbors who accused her of blasphemy?

The old saying “Freedom isn’t free” rings true- I am so thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so I can have the freedoms that do not exist in countries like Iran and Pakistan. While I celebrate these freedoms, I am compelled to remember my brothers and sisters who do not have these same freedoms. We know that these freedoms are not for sale and may never be made available to them, yet they continue to remain diligent.

So as we light up the grill and fireworks, will you join me in taking a moment to thank God for our freedoms that we are so blessed with? Please also pray for these Christian who may never experience these freedoms here on earth- pray that God would allow them to remain strong throughout their many trials.

Blessings to you and yours on this Fourth of July!

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