What does independence and freedom really mean? You can’t discuss the topic without discussing the costs associated with them. In 1776 when the settlers of the new world decided to fight rather than be governed by England, they understood the cost.
In a report I read the U.S. Defense budget at the end of 2009 was $680 million to keep us secure globally. In 2010 there was approximately $55 million budgeted for homeland security to keep our local borders secure.
The average American has some sort of security system and that cost can vary, but we pay it to keep our possessions secure. We pay these costs as a consumer, country, or world citizen because security ensures freedom and independence.
When you think about mankind before Christ and His work on Calvary, this was our state; our souls were in bondage. Just as the Department of Defense no doubt did a risk analysis when determining if that $650 million was feasible,
I’m grateful that Jesus was willing to pay the price to provide a way of independence for mankind by the shedding of His blood.
I am grateful to be an American and enjoy the freedom and independence of this land, but I’m most proud to be a Christian. Christ secured the independence of my soul at Calvary, so I can be completely free. Are you completely free?