Life Cost

Some parents asked me once: “How can you be a minister and at the same time have served in the military”? It was a great question! My answer was this: “Any action, even if the killing of another person, while in the military is within the confines of command structure. In other words, you follow orders and thus the accountability is to the commander and the command structure.”

The parents were puzzled by this and then stated “Well, we don’t want our son to go in the military.” My reply was this: “That is both your desire and will be his choice. However, just to be clear, the presence of the military and those who do shed blood for freedom’s sake, is what gives you, and your son, the freedom to so make that choice”.

We are in a time in which we overlook that “life has a cost”. There were two people this week in a conversation that was my privilege to observe and listen to. The discussion was regarding the continual social issues relative to certain demographics and nationalities of our population who believe everything they desire is somehow a “right”. One person responded by making this observation: “they have not learned how to live free”. WOW !!

Jermiah 29:11  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Christians have known from the beginning how to live free. Freedom means choice. When the Jewish people were being annihilated during the Holocaust, they’re answer to it was not to “quit being Jews” or to demand everyone else “become a Jew”, etc. They resolved that while the actions of some are evil, you have a choice and that choice might cost you.

If your choice has no cost, then the choice is of no value. The greater the value is, then the greater the cost will be. This is why Jesus died for us-He knew the value of us and accepted the cost. It is telling that Jesus willingly laid down His life.

Today, one demands freedom but then refuses to simply comply if a law officer says – STOP. Your freedom demands your willful choice to comply – even when it is not convienent!

Life is not free. Lifestyles, affiliations, lineage, and more will come at a cost. Should one have to die for these, and more? No – BUT – life isn’t free!

Pastor Ray

Thought for the Week

John 15:13  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Notice is does not say – Greater RIGHT hath no man!