Many books of the Old Testament recount stories of war. Many battles were fought by the Israelites to preserve the “outlandish” notion that there is only one God, and He is our One Creator, and He takes a personal interest in each and every one of His children. The Israelites fought to preserve the right to worship and commune with this One God. What would have happened if the Israelites had given up? Would any of us know Jesus today? Many veterans of those battles were lost on the battlefield, yet the Israelites persevered. Was this freedom worth fighting for?
Here in the United States, we can take the freedom of religion for granted. Each and every human being living in the U.S.A. has the right to worship as the Spirit of God moves us. Thanks to the atheist movement, we also have the freedom from religion, if we choose. (As for me, I think freedom from religion is not a bad thing. I find comfort knowing that my children and grandchildren will not be forced to learn doctrine in public schools.) Yet, our families may choose Christian based schools and churches, and learn and live all the Christian principles we want.
Over the course of U.S. history, our armed services have fought to preserve free religious rights. We also have the right to free speech and the freedom of the press. In other words, I can convey almost any idea the Spirit moves me to convey on this blog, in my home, in my church and on the street corner, if I wish.
If the Israelites had given up, would Christianity as we know it exist today? If our armed services would suddenly fail, would our children grow up knowing Jesus? I wonder.
I am thankful every day to have these freedoms. I believe they are worth fighting for! And I am grateful to those who have served, fought and sacrificed to preserve these freedoms for all of us. Have faith.