For those of you who do not know, this is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after sacrificing his life for the salvation of mankind.
Now, nothing I am about to talk about will quite compare to saving the souls of billions but I want to talk about the notion of sacrifice.
We as American’s have been getting fatter and fatter off of our success. I don’t necessarily mean that literally…but I don’t necessarily NOT mean it either.
Most of us enjoy a comfortable life with few TRUE hardships. Even if you are poor in America chances are you have food to eat and clean water to drink. A great many other countries cannot boast the same. And there is a difference between going to bed hungry and actually starving to death. Yet even going hungry is a small portion of the wealth and opulence that America has carved out for itself.
But for all our safety and comfort we seem to be forgetting that not much more than 200 years ago we, as a people, had to fight and die in order to establish a more perfect Union.
People of influence and means lost property, title, enterprise and their ways of life. Sacrificed for their ideals that people should be free from taxation without representation. Some were even hung. Despite what the liberal intelligentsia of academia would preach, the Revolution wasn’t a rich man’s war. Farmers and tenants bled on the battlefield all for the hope that their sacrifices would be worth something. They didn’t do it for the pay, because most of the time they didn’t GET any. They did it for Common Sense. For the Boston Tea Party. For their own Declaration of Independence.
I wonder how the Revolutionaries, not just Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine, Hancock and Adams would view us but how would the 6,824 Patriots who died fighting off the British feel? Just under 7 thousand doesn’t seem like a lot does it? Put it in today’s number that would be the equivalent of 3 MILLION Americans dying in order to achieve liberty. Not including the additional 3,000 who died from disease and exposure.
Would they cheer the cattle rancher in Nevada and the militia that formed up around him in defiance of a tyrannical government trying to seize his property and land OR would they be outraged and dismayed that such an event was even necessary after they died fighting tyranny? I’ll discuss the Cattleman from Nevada later this week. But in short, how much different is his situation now than the colonists were 250 years ago? The government came in from about 3000 miles away to dictate their whims; seizing land and property as they went.
Both times, people stood up…ARMED…and forced the capitulation of tyrants.
The only difference is that now, we seem to be surprised by it.
We shouldn’t be. Not in the need of doing it in face of government tyranny. Nor in the willingness of true patriots to sacrifice their very lives in order to ensure that encroachment of tyranny has a line it cannot cross.
Thomas Jefferson spoke of the encroaching weed of tyranny when he wrote this in a letter:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Jefferson made it clear that for every petty grievance we shouldn’t just get our guns and burn the place to the ground BUT from “time to time” tyranny will reach too far to choke the tree of liberty and sacrifices must be made in order to remain free.
But who will fight for liberty when so much of America has become lulled in to acquiescence of tyranny?
I think Charlton Heston said it best:
Every time our country stands in the path of danger, an instinct seems to summon her finest first. Those who truly understand her, for when freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril it’s always the patriots who first hear the call. When loss of liberty is looming, as it is now, the sirens sounds first in the hearts of freedom’s vanguard. The smoke in the air of our Concord bridges and Pearl Harbors is always smelled first by the farmers, who come from their simple homes to find the fire and fight, because they know that sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blued steel…something that gives the most common man, the most uncommon of freedoms. When ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument; that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty, that’s why those five words issue, an irresistible call, to us all and we muster.
From my cold dead hands.
What is my point?
Politicians, senators, governors, judges, activists, bills, laws etc…they will not ensure your liberty. Freedom comes with sacrifice. An idea that is trying to be stamped out in America as we are being raised in a country that does not believe in consequences but rather excuses.
Liberty in America cannot be maintained if no one is willing to sacrifice for it.
And you don’t have to be a politician sacrificing political capital for it.
After all…Jesus was just a carpenter and he saved the world.